Research Summary and Ethical Considerations Essay

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runninghead: RESEARCH SUMMARY AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS Research Summary and Ethical Considerations Lisa Overfield Grand Canyon University Introduction to Nursing Research NRS 433V November 30, 2012 Research Summary and Ethical Considerations Obesity is a problem sweeping across our nation with incredible speed and the prevalence of pediatric obesity is a continually increasing problem. Never before in history have children risked outliving their parents and developing middle-aged adult illnesses while still young. School nurses hold enormous potential to affect change in the area of children’s health and pediatric obesity, however many are not taking advantage of the opportunities placed before them for a…show more content…
There were twenty two school nurses from three different school districts, ranging from suburban to rural areas for a total of seven focus groups. Each focus group session was led by a facilitator who introduced the topic questions, encouraged discussion, clarified responses and a second facilitator took detailed notes on the discussion. Additionally all focus groups were either videotaped or audio-taped for later review or transcription. Once all information had been reviewed and transcribed, identified themes were organized and evaluated. Researchers used NVivo8 to code and evaluate themes. The perceived barriers were then divided into the following five categories: Individual (nurse) Factors, Family Factors, Interactions between Nurses and Families, Institutional Factors, and Societal Factors. This study revealed many barriers to weight-related communication already identified and discussed in previous research. However family characteristics, lack of motivation for child and adolescent, fear of other’s reactions, nurse’s negative past experiences, difficulty building relationships with children and youth, and changing societal norms were all new key barriers to weight-related communication identified through this study. The majority of the nurses in this study indicated they felt inadequate or incompetent in providing information to children, youth, and families regarding obesity. Such data supports the necessity of
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