Asthma knowledge, roles, functions, and educational needs of school nurses

Barbara J. Calabrese, Joy P. Nanda, Karen Huss, Marilyn Winkelstein, Ruth I. Quartey, Cynthia S. Rand

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In October 1997, 790 school nurses in Maryland and the District of Columbia were surveyed to determine their attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs about asthma. Results for 550 (70%) nurses indicated school nurses possess a generally appropriate level of knowledge concerning asthma, and most asthma myths have been replaced with knowledge. However, school nurses also have varied responsibilities that affect their ability to provide health education and support services to children with asthma at school. Little time is available for a proactive role. Concerns about the criteria and follow-up for delegating medication administration within the school setting were reported. A lack of communication existed with parents about the child's asthma. Open communication between school nurses and the family is recommended to establish a partnership and improve asthma management outcomes. In addition, school policies and procedures should be updated to meet the demands of children with asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-238
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of School Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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