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Another note was taped to the front of the envelope/packet promising a pizza party for
departments that had at least 50% of instruments returned. Three weeks were allowed for return
of packets. The packets included permission document, instructions, and Version I or Version II
of the instruments including demographic items for completion. Instructions included anonymity
preservation, completion instructions, and directions for how to return the completed documents.
The packets were delivered to the unit managers, and the unit managers distributed the
packets to the nurses. An email was sent in 1 week to the managers to encourage the nurses to
complete the instruments and return via the inner-office mail. The researcher returned to the
nursing units personally with sweetbread and fruit with a colorful note on the tray requesting
participation. Trays were left for the day shifts and night shifts on all units.
The pilot study sampled 14 nurses using the instruments and research process. The
instruments were packaged in a packet as described above. The specific units' nurse managers
were contacted and the process discussed. The packets (25) were taken to the manager, and the
manager distributed the packets to the nurses. The instruments were returned via the inner-office
mail to the Education Department. The return of completed instruments was slow, and the
process was extended another week. During the waiting time (3 weeks) the researcher contacted
the manager who encouraged the nurses to finish the instruments. The unit manager was
concerned about the return rate because the case load was low, the nurses were being asked to
stay home, and it had been difficult to distribute the packets. While on the unit several nurses
talked to the researcher; they were concerned about their math skills and did not want to finish
the instrument. The researcher encouraged them to do the best they could and reassured them
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