Online Program

School nurse sensitive indicators: The devil is in the details

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS RN NCSN APHN-BC FNASN FASHA FAAN, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
Erin Maughan, PhD, MS, RN, APHN-BC, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Heide Cygan, BSN, DNP student, RN, University of Illinois - Chicago College of Nursing, Chicago, IL
It is critical for child health and education leaders to measure and articulate the impact school nurses have on student outcomes. The development of accepted nurse sensitive indicators facilitates research on the effectiveness of school nurse intensity, credentials and interventions on the child health and educational achievement. School nursing leaders have identified a long list of potential structure, process, and outcome indicators to measure and evaluate care. Before a Delphi process could take place to prioritize those measures for research, each indicator had to be defined and analyzed for suitability. Criteria for suitable measures are Importance, Scientific Acceptability, Usability, and Feasibility. The process and the challenge of defining and analyzing each potential measure will be described. Several examples of both optimal and troublesome measures will be discussed. The knowledge created through research that utilizes nurse sensitive outcome measures provides direction for the investment in effective care delivery systems that achieve the Triple Aim of care, health and cost. This important workforce and quality issue is applicable to all public health nurse(population-based) specialties.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related nursing
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
List the criteria for suitable measures Explain the process of defining nurse sensitive indicators Analyze selected school nurse sensitive measures for suitability

Keyword(s): Indicators, Public Health Nursing, Outcomes

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctorally prepared nurse with an extensive clinical background in school nursing who has developed, presented nationally and published on school nurse sensitive outcome measures for over 5 years. I am a content expert in both schoool nursing and outcome measures and served on the National Quality Forum Child Health Outcomes Steering Committee.
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.