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Innovative Work Behavior of Middle School Faculty and Staff Related to Student Mental Health

The Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses | 7 May 2019

K Jordan, L Mion, M Lutenbacher, M Dietrich and V Murry
Abstract
School nurses may find increased capacity to respond to student mental health needs by understanding and capitalizing on the innovative work behavior (IWB) of faculty and staff. The purpose of this study was to describe IWB related to student mental health among middle school faculty and staff as well as to determine the influence of selected individual characteristics, school characteristics, and behavioral health indicators on IWB related to student mental health. Multimethods of data collection were used including surveys, interviews, and publicly available school data. Data were described and relationships examined via correlational and multiple linear regression analysis and hierarchical linear modeling. The median IWB score was 41 (range 0-84) for faculty and staff participants. An increase in number of years worked in the K-12 environment was associated with less IWB related to student mental health. School nurses who explore IWB by faculty and staff may find opportunities to collaborate and improve student health outcomes.
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