Development of a School Nursing Research Agenda in Florida: A Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

school nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Research is important to the image, visibility, and viability of school nursing. Each state school nursing association should evaluate member commitment to school nursing research based on their unique set of financial, educational, and organizational resources.

What was the objective?

to identify research priorities of Florida school nurses through a three-round Delphi process from which a statewide research agenda could be developed

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to identify research topics important to their school nursing practice, 187 research topics submitted. Step 2: content analysis: organizing statements into similar groups, groups then collapsed into 36 broad categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to review list of 36 research topic categories and descriptions and to rank them in order of importance. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rank. Step 5: validation of research priorities during 2004 FASN Annual Conference, consensus on findings achieved, agreement achieved to form research agenda from the top 10 topics in round 3

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. Delphi round 1: 77 participants. Delphi round 2: 61 participants. Delphi round 3: 55 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited via the Florida Association of School Nurses (FASN) membership list

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.