The original abstract for my presentation, at this prestigious bi-annual School Nurses International Conference, reads:
“School nursing services can be an indispensable element helping maximise children and young people’s sexual health and well-being, ultimately contributing to the development of their knowledge, skills and resilience fit for life.
Intentionally promoting children and young people’s (C&YP) sexual health and well-being needs to deal with the positive dimensions of sex and relationships, as well as (helping prevent) unintended consequences of sex, including all forms of gender and sexuality-based violence and discrimination (SCIE 2011; Hadley & Evans 2013).
A tensions exists where nurses, so well-versed in models of client care aiming / claiming to be “holistic”, face evidence of preventable aspects of sexual ill-health adversely affecting ‘body, mind and soul’ of the children they care for. So many elements of poor sexual health / preventable sexual ill-health might be proactively addressed by suitably skilled school nursing services and individual practitioners (Evans 2013).
Whether school nurses are involved in addressing holistic dimensions of sexual health, or aspects secondary to other conditions, or specifically in relation to sexual and / or reproductive health, underpinning practice with the Ex-PLISSIT model developed from J. Annon (1976) by Taylor and Davis (2006) provides ‘a world of opportunities’ for truly reflective practitioners to promote body, mind and soul through sexual health and well-being.”
The use of Twitter, “trending” with the shared learning during the conference, was phenomenal! Over 6,000 #SNIC16 tweets were posted, with key organisers and myself (not a school nurse, and only present for 2 days) mentioned in tweet to the Prime Minister!
(NB If the video seems to cut short at the end, just press the blue circle / play button underneath the Prezi and it continues right to the very end). Comments section below, if you wish to.
Taylor, B and S.M. Davis (2006) Using the Extended PLISSIT Model to address sexual healthcare needs, Nursing Standard, 21 (11): 35-40, November 2006.
Evans, D.T. (2013) Promoting Sexual health and well-being: the role of the nurse; Nursing Standard, 28 (10): 53-57, November 2013.
Evans, D.T. and P. Watson (2015) Spotlight on sexual health and education for military, veterans and families, Education and Health Vol. 33 No. 2 www.sheu.org.uk
Want to see another video presentation? Then why not click on the “Flick it with a pencil” icon on my main home page, to see a seminar presentation on my doctoral thesis, which focused on sexual health education for nurses in England?