Building research capacity in the nursing workforce: the design and evaluation of the nurse researcher role

Chan, Raymond, Gardner, Glenn, Webster, Joan and Geary, Alanna (2010) Building research capacity in the nursing workforce: the design and evaluation of the nurse researcher role. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27 4: 62-69.

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Author Chan, Raymond
Gardner, Glenn
Webster, Joan
Geary, Alanna
Title Building research capacity in the nursing workforce: the design and evaluation of the nurse researcher role
Journal name Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-4328
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 62
End page 69
Total pages 8
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
920210 Nursing
Abstract Objectives: The Nurse Researcher Project (NRP) was initiated to support development of a nursing research and evidence based practice culture in Cancer Care Services (CCS) in a large tertiary hospital in Australia. The position was established and evaluated to inform future directions in the organisation. Background: The demand for quality cancer care has been expanding over the past decades. Nurses are well placed to make an impact on improving health outcomes of people affected by cancer. At the same time, there is a robust body of literature documenting the barriers to undertaking and utilising research by and for nurses and nursing. A number of strategies have been implemented to address these barriers including a range of staff researcher positions but there is scant attention to evaluating the outcomes of these strategies. The role of nurse researcher has been documented in the literature with the aim to provide support to nurses in the clinical setting. There is, to date, little information in relation to the design, implementation and evaluation of this role. Design: The Donabedian's model of program evaluation was used to implement and evaluate this initiative. Methods The 'NRP' outlined the steps needed to implement the nurse researcher role in a clinical setting. The steps involved the design of the role, planning for the support system for the role, and evaluation of outcomes of the role over two years. Discussion: This paper proposes an innovative and feasible model to support clinical nursing research which would be relevant to a range of service areas. Conclusion: Nurse researchers are able to play a crucial role in advancing nursing knowledge and facilitating evidence based practice, especially when placed to support a specialised team of nurses at a service level. This role can be implemented through appropriate planning of the position, building a support system and incorporating an evaluation plan.
Keyword Capacity building
Cancer care
Evidence based practice
Nursing research
Nurse researcher
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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