Diabetes affects tens of thousands of school-aged children in the United States. The ability to appropriately manage their diabetes is essential to preventing life-threatening health complications if occurring during the school day. A non-probability sample of elementary school personnel (N = 809) from five different school districts in Georgia completed a diabetes knowledge and competence questionnaire. Results indicated that school personnel believed they had limited knowledge of diabetes basics and an overall low perceived self-competence in performing many of the diabetic management skills. Despite state legislation enacted to assist children with diabetes in school and available training for school districts, the study found that school personnel are not well trained and lack confidence in performing diabetes management.
“School Personnel Knowledge and Perceived Skills in Diabetic Emergencies in Georgia Public Schools” was recently published in The Journal of School Nursing
Authors are Dr. Alesha Wright and Dr. Joanne Chopak-Foss, Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health.