Food allergy education for school nurses: A needs assessment survey by the consortium of food allergy research

Suzanna K. Carlisle, Perla Vargas, Sally Noone, Pam Steele, Scott H. Sicherer, A. Wesley Burks, Stacie M. Jones

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Abstract

Food allergy is increasing in school-age children. School nurses are a primary health care resource for children with food allergy and must be prepared to manage allergen avoidance and respond in the event of an allergic reaction. An anonymous survey was administered to school nurses attending their association meetings to determine their educational needs regarding children with food allergy. With 199 school nurses responding, their self-reported proficiency for critical areas of food allergy knowledge and management varied, with weaknesses identified particularly for emergency plan development, staff education, delegation, developing guidelines for banning foods and planning school trips. Nurses reported a high interest in obtaining educational materials in these areas and prefer video and Internet resources that could be promoted through professional organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-367
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • education
  • emergency plan
  • food allergy
  • school nurses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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