eSchoolCare is research-based.
- Based on Research. In preparation for the development of eSchoolCare, research was conducted to determine the needs and requirements of school nurses. Surveys of school nurses were used to assess and describe current practice, gauge interest in the eSchoolCare project, and identify content and potential barriers to the project. Many school nurses indicated they would participate in further training and they would like to have additional information on legal issues, care coordination, resources, role-related information, and content on specific conditions and procedures. Focus groups and interviews guided the development process.
- Funded by the Federal Government. A grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resource and Services Administration, Division of Nursing funded the development and evaluation of the project from 2011 to 2014 (Grant No. D11HP22189). Nearly 100 school nurses participated in the eSchoolCare project, receiving access to eSchoolCare content and an iPad.
- Additional funding from donors. Grants from the Caritas Foundation and other donors are being used to continue development including additional modules. Since its inception, we have added a module on epilepsy, and are currently working on a new module on gastrointestinal disorders.
- Evaluation of eSchoolCare. The evaluation of the eSchoolCare project is still in progress. Data were collected by survey at intake, year 2 and year 3. Analysis of intake and year 2 data indicate that nurses who rated their job satisfaction as low, their knowledge/skills in caring for children with chronic conditions as low, and reported low student enrollments were more likely to use eSchoolCare. Between intake and year 2 significant improvements were seen in ratings of knowledge about and confidence in caring for children with chronic conditions; consistency in applying School Nursing Scope and Standards; knowledge, skill in planning, implementing, and evaluating care.