International Bullying Prevention Conference
School Nurses’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Bullying in School-Age Children: A Pilot Study

Terese Blakeslee, PhD Student in Nursing , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bullying prevention and intervention is an expectation of school nurses, yet there is dearth of school nursing research in this critical practice area. The purpose of this pilot study was to test the survey instrument as a tool to describe K-12 school nurses’ current knowledge and perceptions of their role in primary prevention of bullying in the school age-population. The cross-sectional survey was comprised of sociodemographic information, knowledge about bullying, perceptions about role and magnitude of the problem, and self-efficacy. School nurses recognize their role, face barriers, and demonstrate a need for education in whole-school prevention of bullying.