School nurse communication effectiveness with physicians and satisfaction with school health services.

Julie E. Volkman, Marianne Messersmith Hillemeier

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Abstract

This study examined school nurses' communication with community physicians and its relationship to school nurse satisfaction with school health services. A stratified random sample of school nurses in Pennsylvania (N = 615) were surveyed about communication effectiveness with community physicians, satisfaction with school health services for students, perception of leadership, and students' health care needs. Additional information from national/state education data on student poverty, nurse-to-student ratio, and rural/urban location was included. Findings indicate that having a leadership role in influencing school health policy is related to school nurses' communication with community physicians and satisfaction with school health services. Effective communication with physicians was found to be a salient issue influencing satisfaction with school health services, suggesting the importance of stressing communication as well as leadership skills in school nurse education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-318
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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