Preparing Student Nurses as Parent-based Adolescent Sexual Health Educators: Results of a Pilot Study

Diane Santa Maria, Christine Markham, Stacy Crandall, Vincent Guilamo-Ramos

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Objectives: While health promotion and patient education are central to the scope of practice of professional nurses, they often feel ill-equipped to assume the role of sexual health educator and lack adequate knowledge and skills to effectively engage parents in adolescent sexual and reproductive health efforts. Design and Sample: Employing a mixed-methods study consisting of both pre- and post-test survey and exit interviews, a pilot study was conducted to assess the impact of implementing a parent-based adolescent sexual health intervention on baccalaureate nursing student outcomes (N = 31). Results: We found statistically significant improvements in student outcome expectancies of parenting strategies, barriers to sexual health communication, self-efficacy, and sexual health counseling experience. Using thematic content analysis of exit interview content, emerging themes were (1) need for increased sexual and reproductive health (SRH) preparation, (2) wanting greater experience and opportunity for involvement in nursing research, and (3) educational gaps in family-focused community public health. Conclusions: Incorporating adolescent sexual health education into public health nursing clinical training can prepare nurses as parent-based adolescent sexual health educators, a core competency for nurses working with families in communities and across all health care delivery settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • adolescents
  • family nursing
  • nurse education
  • parent education
  • pediatric nursing
  • sexual health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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