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J Sch Nurs. 2008 Jun;24(3):151-7. doi: 10.1622/1059-8405(2008)024[0151:EOOEAD]2.0.CO;2.

Evaluation of online education about diabetes management in the school setting.

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University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Nursing, St. Louis, MO, USA.


There are a variety of initiatives to provide education to improve the quality of care for children with diabetes in the school setting. This study piloted and evaluated an online continuing education program for school nurses about diabetes management for children in schools using current practice principles. The evaluation determined if objectives of the program were met, if participants believed the education provided would enhance their ability to manage children with diabetes, and participants' opinions about the online delivery method. Nineteen participants were recruited from among school nurses unable to attend statewide face-to-face diabetes workshops. The majority reported that the objectives were met, and 91% reported the education would enhance their ability to manage students with diabetes. Whereas 33% preferred online continuing education, 17% preferred face-to-face education, and 50% were unsure. Because of the increasing prevalence of diabetes in children, it is important that school nurses have access to continuing education that provides current principles for diabetes management for children. The method of delivery should be determined by the learner's learning style preferences.

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