Teachers' perceptions of the role of nurses: Caring for children who are technology-dependent in mainstream schools

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Abstract

Aim:

This study explored special education teachers' perceptions of the role of nurses who specialize in providing nursing care to children who are technology-dependent in mainstream schools.

Methods:

Semistructured interviews with 11 teachers were conducted, and data were analyzed using inductive content analysis.

Results:

The teachers surveyed thought that the most important role of nurses was to maintain good health and safety, as well as to support children's education as members of the educational team. Teachers desired that nurses give advice based on their professional knowledge to maintain the children's good health and safety. In supporting education, nurses were required to support the children's autonomy and education, and to act as members of the educational team.

Conclusion:

Study findings suggest that, for an optimal relationship with teachers, nurses who provide nursing care for children who are technology-dependent in mainstream schools need not only fulfill medical functions, but also support the education of children as members of the educational team.

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