Date of Award

Summer 1991

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Hennessey, Jean

Second Advisor

Wilson, Sarah


The purpose of this study was to improve communications among school nurses, principals, and teachers through a comparison of school nurse role expectations held by each group. The sample consisted of ten school nurses employed by a public health department, five matching principals, and five matching teachers in public elementary schools. Data were collected through interview using four open-ended questions developed by the investigator. Data were analyzed for categories and frequency of categories. Two major categories were identified: school nurse role and situational factors. Six subcategories of school nurse role were identified: communicator, care deliverer, educator, manager, advocate, and counselor. Lack of role clarity was identified. Four subcategories of situational factors were identified: barriers to communication, conflict, stress, and resources. Major areas of agreement were the roles of care deliverer and educator, and barriers to communication. Major areas of disagreement were the roles of communicator and manager, and the priorities for the role of care deliverer.



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