Hello School Nursing Colleagues,
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.
This study has been approved by the University of Massachusetts Lowell IRB and the post was approved by the School Nursing group administrator.
Thank you for considering,
Brenna Morse, Anne Meoli, Cynthia Samuel