247807 Profile of the role of professional nursing in anti-bullying in the community: A systems and policy approach

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Harriet A. Fields, EdD, RN , Department of Nursing, Sacred Heart University, Washington, DC
Susan Schwartzman, RN, BSN, MA-Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing , Department of Nursing, Sojourner-Douglass College, Baltimore, MD
We have a federal mandate in the United States to confront “Bullying” in society and in the schools. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan and President Obama say, “Preparing young people for success in life is not just a moral obligation…but an economic imperative.” Bullying is the element involved in the misuse of power on all levels of society, beginning with the development of children, what they learn in their homes, schools, playgrounds, through to adults and the incivility in our public discourse today. This presentation profiles a holistic, systems model to educate adults first, on a human approach to bullying to help heal communities in which we are all responsible. The overriding framework is the role of the professional nurse to help educate communities through the exploration of values, thinking, and acting, and in turn empower adults in the community to lead our youth. Specifically through a series of Train the Adults courses for school boards, teachers, parents, and community members, offered at a community health training center in Washington, DC, conducted by a mental health psychiatric nurse, attendees will come away with a briefing paper on how to advocate for replicating these programs in their communities, with policy implications for health care reform.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze the role of the professional nurse to educate parents, school boards, administrators, teachers, and community leaders in their responsibility to foster positive and nurturing environments for all children. 2. Describe a new five stage nursing model for positive growth that "bully proofs" relationships in the variety of community settings where children are involved. 3. Describe how attendees can advocate with key stakeholders and policy makers to implement the anti-bullying model in their communities.

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the policy expert, systems coordinator, and educator, with the nurse experts and community resources on this topic.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.