Date of Graduation

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Nursing

Advisor

Vowell Johnson, Kelly

Reader

Hale, Cathy

Second Reader

Shreve, Marilou

Abstract

Teachers are with their students an average of seven to 10 hours a day, five days a week. The substantial amount of time teachers spend with their students allows them to provide helpful insight into health problems children face. The purpose of this study was to identify elementary school teachers’ concerns for student health and to assess their knowledge of resources that address those health concerns. A convenient sample of 86 teachers from three elementary schools in Northwest Arkansas was surveyed. Surveys were used to identify the three main concerns teachers have for their students. A cross-sectional design was used with descriptive statistics to identify the top three health concerns. The top three concerns identified were hygiene, mental health, and nutrition. It is hoped that this research will assist schools in determining the necessary resources needed for elementary school children to have successful and healthful lives.

Keywords

Mental Health, Hygiene, Nutrtion, Arkansas, Education

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