Achieving Independence in Toileting: Self-Catheterization Efficacy and the Role of the School Nurse.

The school nurse is the most consistent healthcare provider for students who require scheduled intermittent self-catheterization; however, there is little literature regarding the role of the school nurse for educating and promoting self-catheterization independence for pediatric populations in the school setting. School nurses are dependent on research to identify best practices when implementing teaching strategies with young students who are ready to start catheterizing independently. The intent of this article is to contribute relevant information that is both useful and evidence based, so the school nurse is equipped with information to support the assessment, planning, and implementation of independent self-catheterization of school-age children. Additionally, this article will examine how to determine candidates for independent self-catheterization, product information and procedure guidelines, and coordination with caregivers and other members of the school health team to provide best outcomes for students diagnosed with neurogenic bladder in the school setting.

NASN school nurse (Print). 2020 Jul 30 [Epub ahead of print]

Erin Bradley

Clinical Coordinator, School Health Services, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH.