A Review of School Nurses’ Self-Efficacy in Asthma Care

Ellen M. McCabe, Catherine McDonald, Cynthia Connolly, Terri H. Lipman

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Asthma is the most common pediatric chronic respiratory illness and has a significant influence on children’s health, school attendance, and overall school success. Despite the effect of education and training, gaps remain in understanding school nurses’ self-efficacy (SE) in asthma care. The purpose of this integrative literature review is to gain a greater understanding of school nurses’ SE in asthma care. Themes and topics in the current school nursing literature regarding SE in asthma care include the value of continuing education, educational interventions, and the use of resources in clinical practice such as the asthma action plan. This review indicates the importance of developing a greater understanding of the unique features of school nursing, the necessary resources, and the external factors that influence practice. Further research to establish a framework to evaluate how a change in practice may support school nurses’ SE and promote positive student health outcomes is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019


  • asthma
  • competence
  • confidence
  • professional competence
  • school nurse
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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