Evaluation of a school re-entry nursing intervention for children with cancer

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J Pediatr Oncol Nurs

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Journal of pediatric oncology nursing

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A retrospective qualitative design was used to identify and compare the concerns, parents, teachers, and children have regarding school re-entry after a cancer diagnosis and to describe the impact of a school re-entry program on parents', teachers', and children's concerns. Audiotaped, semistructured interviews were obtained from a convenience sample of 10 children with cancer (ages 5 to 13 years), 10 mothers, and nine teachers. All participants were positive about the school re-entry nursing intervention, which is described. Results of content analyses indicate that before the intervention, mothers were concerned about their child's safety and peer teasing; teachers were concerned about their own knowledge and peers' adjustment, and children were concerned with keeping up with school activities. After the intervention, mothers were less concerned about peer teasing but continued to be worried about their child's safety in the school setting and began to have concerns about academic progress and physical stamina; teachers reported increased concerns for the child's safety and academic progress, and a desire to return to normal routines in the classroom: and the children continued to have concerns with maintaining academic and/physical progress. Clinical and research implications are discussed.


Adolescent, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Male, Midwestern United States, Mothers/psychology, Neoplasms/nursing/rehabilitation, Pilot Projects, Retrospective Studies, Social Adjustment, Students/psychology

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal of pediatric oncology nursing, 15:3 (1998) pp.143-152.

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