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J Sch Nurs. 2006 Aug;22(4):223-8.

School nurses' perceptions of self-efficacy in providing diabetes care.

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Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure school nurses' perceived self-efficacy in providing diabetes care and education to children and to identify factors that correlate with higher self-efficacy levels in the performance of these tasks. The results of this study revealed that the surveyed school nurses perceived a moderate level of self-efficacy in providing diabetes education. Significant findings in this study were positive relationships between self-efficacy and 3 variables: (a) participating in the care of children with diabetes, (b) having type 1 diabetes children in the school system, and (c) supervising children with blood glucose meter testing. There was a significant relationship between higher self-efficacy scores and having a diabetes curriculum. However, only nine school nurses reported having a diabetes curriculum. School nurses can benefit by understanding what factors increase self-efficacy related to diabetes education designed to enhance school-age children's knowledge of diabetes and its management.

PMID:
16856777
DOI:
10.1177/10598405050220040701
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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