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CHAPTER THREE: METHODOLOGY

The purpose of this study was to examine registered nurses’ homophobia and overall attitudes toward the protection of gays and lesbians in the workplace.

Sample

A randomized stratified sample of registered nurses licensed in the State of Florida was selected. Using the electronic database of registered nurses through the State of Florida Department of Health Board of Nursing, potential participants were selected by selecting every third name in the database under each letter of the alphabet until 20 names were selected per letter yielding a total of 520 potential subjects. Only individuals with mailing addresses within the United States were included. If an individual living outside the United States was selected, the very next name in the database was selected; every third name was then selected using the newly selected individual as a starting point. In alphabet letters where the sample of 20 couldn’t be arrived at by selecting every third registered nurse, the deficient amount was made-up by sampling every third name from the end of the alphabet forward. Of the 520 study packets mailed to the sample, forty (40) were returned as undeliverable, lowering the potential sample to 480. One-hundred sixty-five (34%) of the 480 surveys were returned and included in the analyses.

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