School nurses' perceptions of and experiences with head lice

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1999
Authors:J. H. Price, Burkhart, C. N., Burkhart, C. G., Islam, R.
Journal:Journal of School Health
Pagination:153 - 158
Date Published:1999
Keywords:adult, Analysis of Variance, animals, Attitude of Health Personnel, child, Child, Preschool, humans, Lice Infestations/nursing/prevention & control, Middle Aged, Organizational Policy, Pediculus, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, scalp dermatoses, School Nursing, Self Efficacy, U.S.A.

Researchers examined school nurses' perceptions of head lice, perceived self-efficacy in dealing with head lice, and personal experience in reducing head lice problems. Survey data from a two-wave mailing from 382 school nurses found most nurses supported a "no-nit" rule of forced absenteeism of any child with nits in their hair (60%). They perceived OTC treatments for head lice as very effective in killing adult lice (66%), and 9% perceived them as not effective. Nurses had a high efficacy expectation regarding their ability to control head lice (63%), and they had high outcome expectations regarding the results of their work with students and families of students (66%). Most nurses received their information about head lice from professional journals (76%) and professional conferences/conventions (62%).

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