Paper: Research Abstract

Current Practices in Data Management Education: Surveying Nursing Doctoral Programs

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Objectives : The inclusion of data management (DM) topics within nursing doctoral curricula has not been systematically examined. Collaborations between library and nursing faculty identified a need to understand DM in nursing doctoral programs. The purpose of this study will be to identify existing DM educational practices within nursing curricula.

Methods : This descriptive study will employ a survey of nursing doctoral program directors. A list of 338 doctoral programs was obtained from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. An interdisciplinary team of library and nursing faculty created a survey based on the stages of the UK Data Archive data life cycle. Questions for the survey include how and by whom DM is being taught within the nursing doctoral curricula, the kinds of data students are using for their DNP projects or dissertations, how students' data are being preserved, and if there any data sharing policies in place once the students’ projects are completed. This study was approved by the institution’s IRB.

Results : There are a total of 75 responses received from both doctoral program directors. Only 2 indicated that no portions of the data life cycle were being taught. The collecting (n=60) and processing and analyzing (n=54) stages of the data life cycle were the most frequently reported areas of instruction. DM is most frequently taught through single lectures (n=39) or individual mentoring (n=43). Nearly half (n=35) reported a lack of institutional preservation storage solutions for project data. Half of the responding program directors indicated that there were no requirements for supplemental files such as codes or data dictionaries to be retained.

Conclusions : Although nursing programs are providing instruction on data collection and processing and analysis, there are gaps in long term preservation, reproducibility, and institutional support.

Rebecca Raszewski, Ph.D., AHIP

Associate Professor & Assistant Information Services & Liaison Librarian
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Rebecca Raszewski, MS, AHIP is Associate Professor & Information Services & Liaison Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been the library liaison for the UIC nursing community in Chicago since she started in 2008. Her current research projects include the availability of informatics at ALA-accredited library schools and data management within the graduate nursing curricula.


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Abigail Goben, B.S.

Associate Professor
University of Illinois-Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Abigail Goben, MLS, is an Associate Professor and Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences. She teaches data management and evidence based practice, and serves as the liaison to the College of Dentistry. Her primary research focuses on policies and education surrounding research data. Goben is also a co-investigator of the IMLS funded Data Doubles project, which is examining student perceptions of library learning analytics. Goben is an active member of LITA and ACRL. Outside of library and research work, Goben is an avid knitter. She blogs at Hedgehog Librarian and can be found on Twitter as @hedgielib.


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Martha Dewey Bergren, MA

Director Advanced Population Health and Health Systems Leadership & Informatics
University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Bergren’s career has spanned 9 states, from urban inner city acute care to rural public health and school health, and ultimately to academia, promoting healthy communities and nurturing the next generation of health professionals. Through service to nursing and inter-professional associations, she creates leaders, improves community data, and establishes evidence for practice. She is nationally certified in school nursing and advanced population health nursing, and areas of expertise include leadership, population health, nurse sensitive outcome indicators, and informatics. From 2011-2016, she was Lead Faculty in Rutgers University’s Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program that coached school nurses and community partners to lead sustainable systems change. She is currently the Director of University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing Advanced Population Health, and Health Systems Leadership & Informatics Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Most recently, her contributions are creating uniform structure, process and outcome measures for school health and a national standardized school nurse dataset. Toward that end, she served on the National Quality Forum Child Health Outcomes Steering Committee and currently on the Pediatric Measures Steering Committee. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National Association of School Nurses and the American School Health Association. Dr. Bergren teaches health promotion behavior interventions and evidence based practice to doctoral nursing students and develops, measures and disseminates the evidence that healthy communities and healthy schools are a cost effective and prudent investment in our nation's health.


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Krista Jones, P.A.

Urbana Campus Director and Clinical Associate Professor


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Catherine Jean Ryan, MA

Clinical Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago


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Alana Steffen, PHD

Research Assistant Professor
Health Systems Science, College of Nursing


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Susan Vonderheid, PHD

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing


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