Professional Quality of Life Survey
EXEMPT STUDY PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET

Brenau University, Department of: NURSING
Name of Investigator(s): Dr. Jill Hayes PhD., Noushin Vastani DNP CANDIDATE

Title of Project: PROFESSIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE: Assessment of the impact of the global pandemic -COVID-19 - on Nurse Practitioners in Georgia.

Request to Participate in a Research: You are invited to participate in a research project. The purpose of this research is to assess the impact of the pandemic – COVID 19 – on the Professional Quality of Life of nurse practitioners in Georgia.

You must be at least 18 years old to be in this research project.

The study will take place online and the survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete an electronic survey entitled Professional Quality of Life.

The possible risks or discomforts of the study are minimal. You may be assured that there will be no personal identifiers collected on the survey and all data will be kept confidential and only reported in the aggregate. You may feel a little uncomfortable answering personal/sensitive questions about your personal professional quality of life. If you decide to seek assistance with these feelings, please feel free to contact the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at (770) 297-5959.

There are no direct benefits to you for participating in the study. The benefit will potentially be the knowledge gained from the experiences of nurse practitioners during the pandemic which then may be used to protect and enhance professional quality of life among all practitioners. Participants may enjoy sharing their experiences of their professional quality of life and how it has been sustained and supported through a global pandemic of COVID 19. Additionally, it is anticipated this study will identify characteristics of APRN’s who might be at particular risk for compassion fatigue, stress, and burnout, and to identify supportive mechanisms that can be provided.

Your part in this study will be handled in a confidential manner There will be no personal identifiers incorporated into the survey, All data will be collected anonymously on the UAPRN website and then downloaded to a password protected flash drive and personally delivered to the statistician’s office where it will be stored in a secure file until analysis is complete. Following analysis the flash drive will be stored in a secure cabinet in the office of the Dean of the College of Health Sciences of Brenau University, accessible only to the investigator and faculty. Any reports or publications based on this research will only report the data in aggregate.

It is possible that respondents could be identified by the IP address or other electronic record associated with the response. Neither the researcher nor anyone involved with this survey will be capturing those data. If you have any questions regarding electronic privacy, please feel free to contact Brenau University’s Institutional Review Board via phone at 678-707-5029, or via email at irb@brenau.edu.

The decision to participate in this research project is up to you. Your participation is strictly voluntary and you may refuse to answer any question. Even if you begin the study, you may withdraw at any time.

You will not be paid for your participation in this study.

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to call Noushin Vastani, (678) 908-1149, the person mainly responsible for the research. You can also contact Dr Jill Hayes PhD., the Principal Investigator, at (706) 973-0229.

If you have any questions about your rights in this research, you may contact Brenau University’s Institutional Review Board via phone at 678-707-5029, or via email at irb@brenau.edu.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Brenau University Institutional Review Board (#172739-1). They can be contacted at (678) 707-5029 or via email at irb@brenau.edu.

Thank you.

Noushin Vastani FNP-C, MSN, RN. ( DNP CANDIDATE)
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