Research Priorities for School Nursing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Nabeel Al-Yateem, Charles Docherty, Maria Brenner, Jameela Alhosany, Hanan Altawil, Muna Al-Tamimi

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School nurses are challenged with more children having complex conditions, who are now surviving into school age. This is paralleled by a shift in focus of health systems toward primary care, and national efforts to develop the health-care services, especially those offered to vulnerable populations. Being at the forefront of this change, school nurses in United Arab Emirates (UAE) are finding themselves under pressure to adapt to and facilitate these changes both by improving their practice and by contributing to its underpinning evidence. A cross-sectional design was used in this study in which 370 school nurses participated, identifying 11 research priorities. The three most important, as ranked by participants, were management of children with complex health-care needs; nutrition, obesity, and lifestyle issues of schoolchildren; and managing illnesses, injuries, and emergencies in schools and provision of medical support. These priorities should direct future research activities in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-401
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • United Arab Emirates
  • cross-sectional study
  • research priorities
  • school nursing


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