Author(s)

Melonie Ruiz

Date Approved

11-18-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

School nursing;Chronic Disease--in infancy & childhood

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

With new technological developments, children who may not have survived birth or infancy are now living longer and healthier lives. These advances can be positive and negative to these children. Although the child has survived, they have developed chronic illnesses due to these advances. These conditions they must live with everyday and depending on how severe the illness may be, they will impact the child's social and educational life. The role of the school nurse should be to ease the stresses that the illness is having on the child. There are many techniques that have been shown to help reduce the child's stress and improve their understanding of their illness. However, not all nurses seem to think that it is necessary to provide emotional and social support to a child. This study explores the perceptions that the school nurses have of their role in the state of New Jersey. This study used a tool created by Rebecca Green and Jim Reffel (2009).

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