North Texas Research Forum 2024



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Medical City Arlington


Family Medicine

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Quality improvement, school nurses


Family Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences | Quality Improvement


Background: School nurses are on the front lines of assessing, identifying and treating school age children with a number of health complications. Implementing nursing services in schools have previously demonstrated improved medical care costs for students, less productivity loss for parents, and less productivity loss for teachers. As a result, nursing services in schools provide a cost-beneficial investment of public money, and warrant both financial support from policy makers as well as educational support from local healthcare services. Communicable disease, asthma, musculoskeletal injuries, concussions are common conditions seen in school aged children and a fundamental understanding of these issues is key in appropriate care and treatment. Aim Statement: This study will analyze educational sessions for school nurses regarding communicable disease, asthma, musculoskeletal injuries, and concussion management in school age children in order to improve the gap in continued medical education. Methods: Through online learning modules, in person teaching sessions given by resident physicians from Family medicine and Orthopedic surgery, and in person simulations, school nurses were educated on the care of school aged children regarding communicable disease, asthma, musculoskeletal injuries and concussion diagnosis and triage. Sessions took place in two separate academic year sessions. During the Jan 2023 - March 2023 session, over 885 nurses from 18 different school districts within the DFW were involved, 690 of whom completed surveys. During the 2023-2024 academic year, 900 nurses from 36 school districts were involved or registered in these sessions. Results: Ongoing data collection and educational sessions are being performed at this time, with the target completion date of 3/25/24 and 900 anticipated school nurses in DFW. Self-reported data from participating nurses regarding knowledge regarding the knowledge and treatment will be analyzed from pre and post session surveys, and currently 91% of the participants from the 2022-2023 sessions reported that they would make changes to their clinical practice based on the informational sessions. Additionally, information regarding other recommendations for educational opportunities and session content will be synthesized into qualitative categories. Conclusion: By educating nurses on common school age medical problems, we seek to continue to improve both nursing confidence in primary management of these conditions as well as increase the overall participation from the community in these educational sessions.

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HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education

Current Trends in School Nursing in Musculoskeletal injuries and Concussions



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