Thesis

A training program for certificated and classified school personnel on selected emergency health procedures

The purposes of this thesis were 1) to identify the level of knowledge possessed by school personnel of three chronic health problems of children and 2) to develop a training program for school personnel so that they would be able to competently handle emergency health conditions of children. The methodology included a literature review, the development, implementation and analysis of a questionnaire and the development and validation of the training program. The literature review included the responsibilities of school personnel for the health and welfare of students; the prevalence of chronic illnesses among children; the availability of school nurses; the need to train school personnel in the areas of health and welfare of students and the effectiveness of health-related training programs for school personnel. Literature was reviewed with respect to the development and analysis of the questionnaire. A questionnaire was developed and implemented within nine schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The questionnaire was distributed to certificated and classified school personnel to identify their level of knowledge about asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. The completed questionnaires were descriptively analyzed and statistical tests of significance were performed. The results from the questionnaire indicated that school personnel have inadequate knowledge about asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. These results, along with the findings from the literature review, supported the development of the training program. The training program for school personnel covers the general principles of emergency care for asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. The program was designed to be implemented as a short, lecture-style staff development program.

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