Michele Wilson »
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I am a UTMB doctoral candidate. I defended my research proposal, entered candidacy, and received approval from the IRB at UTMB this spring. My educational background includes a BSN from UTMB in 1983, a BA in Sociology from UT Austin in 1985, and a MSN focusing on Nursing Education and Community Health from Texas Tech Health Science Center in 2012. I teach Community Health in the BSN program at Texas State University and the on-line RN to BSN program at Sul Ross State University. I also teach in Public Policy and Public Health classes in the graduate nursing program at UTMB. I belong to Sigma Theta Tau; the National League for Nurses and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in affiliation with Texas State University; and the National Association of School Nurses. My professional nursing experiences include hospital, home health, research, school, and camp nursing, and nursing education. I returned to UTMB in 2013 for further educational preparation as a nurse educator and a nurse researcher. I selected UTMB for my doctorate education due to the values and mission of UTMB, especially their commitment to care provision for vulnerable populations. I entered the doctoral program with research interests related to children’s health and nursing education. My dissertation study will examine the perspectives of school nurses working with children experiencing homelessness. I anticipate study findings will influence changes in nursing education, school nursing practice, improve care of vulnerable homeless children, and identify needs for health, education, and social policy reform.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Environmental Health
Dissertation: An Exploration of School Nurses’ Perspectives in Caring for Homeless Children The study purpose is to explore the experiences of school nurses working with homeless, elementary school-aged children. Naturalistic Inquiry will determine school nurses’ perceived ability to meet these children’s needs. Purposive sampling recruitment of potential participants from members of the National Association of School Nurses will occur. Eligibility criteria are nurses with a minimum of one school year prior experience and current employment as school nurses providing direct care to elementary, school-aged children. Participant enrollment, data collection, and data analysis will continue until data saturation is achieved. Data will be collected through demographic forms and semi-structured interviews. Descriptive statistics will describe the sample. Interview data will undergo analysis through Lincoln and Guba’s process of unitizing data, emergent category designation, negative case analysis, data interpretation, and establishment of rigor. Study findings will identify school nurses’ encounters with the health and social service needs of homeless, elementary school-aged children, explore their perceived ability to provide these children with appropriate care, and discover additional insights into school nurses’ practice related issues with nursing care to homeless, elementary school-aged children. Findings may provide a foundation for further research into this important but understudied aspect of school nurse practice.