Prioritizing training needs of school health staff: The example of Vietnam

Sookyung Kim, Hyeonkyeong Lee, Hyeyeon Lee, Bui Thi Thanh Loan, Le Thi Thanh Huyen, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong

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Competencies of school health staff (SHS) members, including school nurses, are crucial to improving child and adolescent health. In Vietnam, although SHS members are dispatched to schools, they have limited training opportunities. This study identified SHS members’ training needs in a province of Vietnam. A cross-sectional, online survey was conducted with 204 SHS members. The performance and importance of SHS members’ competencies were measured using 59-items and rated by a 5-point Likert scale. SHS members’ training priorities were analyzed using the Borich Needs Assessment and the Locus for Focus model. Controlling infectious disease was the highest training priority while implementing health promotion programs was of relatively low priority. The high-priority training needs identified could be rendered mandatory in policy for continuing education of SHS members. Awareness of the importance of health promotion, which has been emphasized globally, should also be promoted via school health policy. These findings could guide development of future training programs for SHS members.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5563
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by the Mo-Im Kim Nursing Research Institute of College of Nursing at Yonsei University (no. 6-2018-0146).

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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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