To evaluate the knowledge and confidence of school nurses following training through the ‘champion model’ in use of a school health resource pack to promote nutritional health with young people British Journal of School Nursing

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Abstract

This study is part of a larger project which aims to develop evidenced based training and resources for school nurses to support young people with their nutritional health (Burdett, 2015). The purpose of this action research study was to explore the impact upon the knowledge and confidence of school nurses following the completion of the nutritional health training.
A pre training questionnaire was provided to all school nurses prior to attending the ‘champion training’ in order to gather baseline information on the knowledge and confidence of the school nurse. A further questionnaire was provided to the school nurses one month following the training along with provision of resources. One focus group of five school nurses who attended the training was then completed, to explore the themes from the questionnaires.
When analysing the post course questionnaires there was a significant impact upon the school nurses self-assessed confidence levels as well as the ability to articulate the health impacts of obesity on young people. The questionnaires suggest that the training had a very positive impact upon the school nurse’s confidence in particular. The themes highlighted from the focus group were ‘increased knowledge but particularly confidence’, ‘barriers going forward’ and ‘areas for improvement’. Both the questionnaires returned and the focus group were able to highlight barriers going forward which may inhibit the sustained impact on knowledge and confidence discussed above. The area for improvement which the focus group appeared to be most vocal and passionate about was how to disseminate the training as ‘champion’.
It is unknown as to whether the training has impact on practice in the long term and how it translates when the ‘champions’ disseminate the training within their own teams. It would be beneficial to complete further longitudinal qualitative research to explore these themes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-195
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of School Nursing
Volume13
Issue number4
Early online date21 May 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2018

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