Research Priorities for School Nursing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

school nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Asia - United Arab Emirates

Why was it conducted at all?

School nurses are challenged with more children having complex conditions, who are now surviving into school age. This is paralleled by a shift in focus of health systems toward primary care, and national efforts to develop the healthcare services, especially those offered to vulnerable populations. Being at the forefront of this change, school nurses in United Arab Emirates (UAE) are finding themselves under pressure to adapt to and facilitate these changes both by improving their practice and by contributing to its underpinning evidence.

What was the objective?

to identify research priorities for school nursing in the United Arab Emirates, with an implicit objective of developing research goals for school nursing while identifying the contribution that school nursing could and does make to improve the health and well-being of the school population

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 11 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

Survey: 2 weeks

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: survey: participants were asked to identify up to 10 of the areas that participants would consider to be research priorities for school nurses in the UAE. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis

Which stakeholders took part?

School nurses working in private and governmental schools for more than 1 year: Overall, 370 nurses participated.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The study included school nurses working in private and governmental schools from three UAE, representing the south (Dubai), central (Sharjah), and north of the country (Ajman). The study included all licensed school nurses working in either a governmental or private setting for more than 1 year. Less experienced nurses were excluded from the study. The central governing bodies for school nurses in Ministry of Health, Sharjah Education Council, and Ajman Medical Directorate facilitated the distribution of questionnaires either in hard copy or in electronic form. 600 questionnaires were distributed.

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.