245656 Measuring nurse sensitive outcomes in school pursing practice

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 4:30 PM

Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS RN NCSN FNASN FASHA , School Nursing Consultant, Appleton, WI
Erin Maughan, RN, PhD, APHN-BC , College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Susan Kohl Malone, MSN RN NCSN , School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Rumson, NJ
Nursing leaders in the acute care setting have made great advances in identifying structure, process, and outcome indicators to evaluate care. School nursing leaders are identifying comparable potential indicators for the school health setting. A review from other experts, along with input from a school nurse taskforce has been completed. This session will provide an update of these efforts. Over 50 potential outcomes have been identified. Possible include medication missed, screenings, absenteeism, emergency hospitalizations, failure to thrive, 911 calls, diabetes management, and wellness outcomes. Analysis of data collected on various indicators has begun. School nursing is evidence-based care. It is critical for school nursing leaders to measure and articulate the role school nurses have on student outcomes. Evidence-based practice will allow them to effectively advocate and advise health and education policy decision makers regarding the important role school nurses have on the health of children. This is an important workforce issue, applicable to not only school nurses but other public health nurse (population-based) specialties.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the process of selecting and narrowing school nurse sensitive outcomes 2. Formulate how the school nursing outcomes may be applied to other areas of public health nursing

Keywords: Outcome Measures, Outcomes Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of research for the National Association of School Nurses. I am a lead partner in this effort and have presented and published in this area on the national level.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
National Association of School Nurses School Nursing Employment (includes retainer)

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.