247534 Sensitive school nursing outcomes: Using a delphi process and other developments

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 5:30 PM

Erin Maughan, RN, PhD, APHN-BC , College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS RN NCSN FNASN FASHA , School Nursing Consultant, Appleton, WI
Susan Malone, RN MSN NCSN , University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
Identifying key nursing outcomes is vital. In the age of accountability it is critical for school nurses to identify outcomes they can measure and use nationwide to illustrate the impact nurses have on health and academics. This is a critical workforce issue as the role of the school nurse is often not well understood; with no quantifiable measures of accountability they are often cut or spread too thin. Over 50 potential school nursing outcomes have been identified. The purpose of this study was to narrow down and prioritize outcomes that are sensitive to school nursing interventions. A modified delphi approach, based on the method used by RAND/UCLA and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is being conducted to assist in this process. School nursing experts will evaluate and score each until a consensus is reached. Preliminary results of the study will be discussed, along with other activities concurrently being done to identify population-based outcomes. This is a very fluid movement, with much being discovered every day. This session will provide the most up to date results regarding school nurse sensitive outcomes and promote the use of critical school nursing outcomes in research, evaluation and policy worldwide. Although this is about school nursing, the same principles can apply to public health nursing and other of its sub-specialties. Discussion regarding the identification and use of population-based outcomes will be included in the presentation. There will be an opportunity for others to share and discussion options.

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

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how to identify and prioritize population-based nursing outcomes. 2. Analyze how various efforts in identifying school nursing outcomes can be applied to other population-based outcomes. 3. Understand the critical need for population-based outcome research.

Keywords: Outcome Measures, Outcomes Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to submit and present this abstract because I was an integral member of the research team.
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.