This is a unique opportunity to archive the experiences of pandemic school nursing. We have all lived and worked through the most consequential time in modern school nursing history. If you are interested in adding your voice to this research project, fill out the pre-participation survey to see if you are a candidate.
We are a team of school nurses/school health researchers looking to interview school nurses on your experiences working through the COVID-19 global respiratory pandemic. We would like to (1) describe school nurse experiences during the pandemic, (2) identify barriers and facilitators of school nursing practice during the pandemic, and (3) determine best practices for supporting school nurses going forward. It was posts on this forum, news articles, and experiences from our own practice that led us to want to make sure school nursing has a documented voice about how the last two years have changed our specialty- and to make sure school nurses have adequate supports going forward.
Group interviews will last approximately two hours and will be held via Zoom in March and April. We are interested in meeting with RNs and LPNs who are working in the “traditional” health office role currently in practice or who were previously in practice with a period of work March 2020 or later in the United States. We will look to create interview groups with diversity in practice setting, geography, race, licensure, and other characteristics. This means that not everyone who completes the pre-participation survey will be selected for a group interview. School nurses who do participate in the group interviews will receive a $20 Amazon E-Gift Card.
The survey link below will be open between February 2nd-February 7th at approximately 5pm Eastern. On February 7th, the survey will close, and I will delete this post. School nurses selected for a group interview will be emailed by March 1st to confirm the date, time, and zoom link.
Published by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN
Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN, is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 22nd year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the Director for New Jersey to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Board. She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past Program Mentor. Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing and population health. These awards include, 2019 and 2020 National Association of School Nurses President’s Award, 2018 NCSN School Nurse of the Year, 2017 Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year, and the New Jersey Department of Health 2017 Population Health Hero Award. Robin serves as faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing, where she teaches the next generation of school nurses. She was presented the 2018 Rutgers University – Camden Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty. Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse. She also writes a monthly column in My American Nurse, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Robin’s work is included as a case study in The Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030. You can follow Robin on Twitter at @RobinCogan.
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