The Advanced Practice Nursing Data Collection Toolkit: A Compendium of Research Tools

Julie U. Vohra, MSc; Denise Bryant-Lukosius, MScN, PhD


October 07, 2009

In This Article

The APN Data Collection Toolkit

Types of Instruments

Users often have a particular type of instrument in mind when browsing the APN Data Collection Toolkit. The instruments included in the Toolkit are: those that collect information about health needs, health status, health-related quality of life, and health service needs; perceptions of the APN role, collaborative practice, communication, and practice patterns; satisfaction with care; job satisfaction; quality of care; healthcare use; and costs.

Tool Summaries

Table 2 and Table 3 give readers an idea of two of the tool summaries included in the Toolkit. First, the ACNPs' practice survey[13] measures role aspects, practice components, and outcomes of practice. The summary for this tool assists readers to determine that a free full-text version of the Kleinpell paper is available by following the link displayed. Furthermore, the author's contact information is available on the Website, along with instructions for obtaining a copy of the instrument, and a summary of available psychometric information. Finally, readers can view a citation for another APN study that has used Kleinpell's ACNPs' survey.

A second example from the Toolkit, the Misener Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction Scale,[14] can be found in Table 3 . This tool assesses job satisfaction of primary care nurse practitioners. On the Website, users click the title to view the tool summary and a PDF copy of the instrument.

PEPPA Framework With Examples of Instruments

To illustrate how the instruments match up with the steps of the PEPPA framework, we have provided examples of instrument titles associated with each PEPPA framework step (Table 4). Browsing the Toolkit, users will see that there are more tools for PEPPA steps 6-9, and fewer for steps 1-5.


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