Online Program

School nursing sensitive indicators: The next steps

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Erin Maughan, RN, PhD, APHN-BC, National Association of School Nurses, Silver Spring, MD
Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS RN NCSN APHN-BC FNASN FASHA FAAN, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
Collecting data regarding nurse sensitive indicators have led to improved safety and quality care in the hospitals. With increased emphasis on accountability it is important to identify outcomes that are school nurse sensitive. Nursing-sensitive indicators identify structures of care & care processes, both of which influence care outcomes. This presentation will discuss the results of a national study recently conducted to identify school nurse sensitive outcomes as well as to obtain buy in from practicing school nurses regarding the indicators. Over 57 potential outcomes have been identified by literature and focus groups. This number needed to be narrowed to key indicators. A mix-method Delphi study was then performed. Several rounds by different key stakeholder groups were used to narrow and identify key school nursing indicators. First, a national sample of practicing school nurses were surveyed to rank the indicators in regards to sensitivity to school nursing practice, feasibility in collecting the data, and importance to their practice setting. Scores were averaged to identify key indicators. Next, public health nurse experts, educators, and quality experts were polled to provide insight into indicators from their perspective. Finally, the literature was reviewed for how often indicators were identified. All of this information was brought together and reviewed by an expert school nurse research panel, who used a Delphi approach to narrow the number of indicators. The presentation will present the results of study as well next present next steps in how to collect data for these indicators.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe potential school nursing indicators. Evaluate how school nurse indicators can be used in your practice.

Keyword(s): Indicators, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in school nursing for over 15 years as a provider, consultant, and researcher. I currently serve as the Director of Research for that National Association of School Nurses and have spoken nationally regarding school nursing outcomes. I also am a reviewer for both Public Health Nursing and the Journal of School Nursing. I was the primary researcher for this project.
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.

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