SPN Research Toolkit  

The Research Committee of the Society of Pediatric Nurses has developed the Research toolkit as an online reference for use by SPN members who are planning or working on pediatric nursing research. This toolkit was written to meet the following objectives:

  • To provide SPN members an introduction/overview to the research process and a review of diverse methods to conduct an investigation with confidence and support.
  • To encourage pediatric nurses all over the world to make a contribution tothe advancement of the science of nursing.
  • To encourage all SPN members to engage in the process of nursing research and grow in confidence and skill towards collaborative interdisciplinary research that impacts the lives of children, families, and communities.

We hope you will find this toolkit helpful in the process of conducting pediatric-focused nursing research.

The Research Toolkit can be accessed through the SPN Online Education Center

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Inside the Research Toolkit:

Chapter Description

CHAPTER 1: Overview of Research and Priorities

Description of what comprises research, glossary of research terminology, and pediatric nursing research priorities.

CHAPTER 2: Research Question and Problem Statement

Foundational principles guiding the formulation of the research problem, problem statement, and research question.

CHAPTER 3: Literature Review

Describes strategies to guide the search for literature and provides an overview of various database resources.

CHAPTER 4: Theoretical Frameworks

Describes the importance of theoretical frameworks and conceptual frameworks in pediatric research.

CHAPTER 5: Methods

Description of quantitative and qualitative research design, sampling, and procedures.

CHAPTER 6: Human Subjects

Overview of the principles of human subject protection and implications for study design.

CHAPTER 7: Disseminating Results

Tips for successful abstract, presentation, and publication development.

CHAPTER 8: Research Awards

Describes possible funding sources and key grant application components.

Contributing Authors

Jessica Bahorski, MSN, RN, PPCNP-BCSPN
Research Committee Chair 2014-2015
Florida State University

Luanne Linnard-Palmer, EdD, MSN, RN, CPN
Toolkit Project Coordinator
Dominican University of California

Valerie Boebel-Toly, PhD, RN, CPNP
Case Western Reserve University

Barbara Giambra, PhD, RN, CPNP
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Shirley Girouard, PhD, RN, FAAN
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing

Eufemia Jacob, PhD, RN
University of California Los Angeles

Betsy M. McDowell, PhD, RN, CNE
Newberry College

Michele Mendes, PhD, RN, CPN
East Carolina University

Donna Moyer, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC
Bronson Methodist Hospital

Debbie Stayer, PhD, RN
Bloomsburg University

Anne Turner-Henson, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Nina Westhus, PhD, RN, CPN
Saint Louis University School of Nursing

Michele Habich, DNP, APN/CNS, CPN
Central DuPage Hospital