BACKGROUND : Irrespective of the provision of an integrated school health policy, the school
health nurses continue to experience multiple challenges regarding the provisioning of school
health service delivery.
AIM : The aim of this paper was to explore and describe the experiences of school health nurses
regarding school health service delivery in the Tshwane district.
SETTING : Schools in the Tshwane district in Pretoria were used in the study.
METHODS : A qualitative and descriptive phenomenological design was used to conduct the
study. Purposive sampling techniques were used to select a sample from the population of
school health nurses employed in the Tshwane district and conduct the enquiry because of
their knowledge and experience of school health services. The researchers collected data by
means of unstructured, one-on-one in-depth interviews. The Tesch data analysis method was
used by the researcher and co-coder. The researcher identified categories, subcategories and
themes and these were reduced into grouping topics that were related to one another.
RESULTS : Positive and negative experiences of school health nurses emerged. It was evident
from the findings of the study that the factors affecting the quality of the integrated school
health programme (ISHP) provided were interrelated. Most of these factors negatively affected
CONCLUSION : It was recommended that the partnership between the National Department of
Health and National Department of Basic Education as the main role players should be
sustained at all times to ensure the successful implementation of the ISHP.
Children of school-going age are faced with multiple challenges that need
professional interventions from educators and healthcare providers. This study
sought to explore and describe the challenges experienced by ...