Rehabilitation Nurses Working as Collaborative Research Teams


  • Linda L. Pierce PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA

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    • Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA, is a professor at the Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing in Toledo, Toledo, OH.

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Rehabilitation nurses conducting research would benefit from working within collaborative research teams. The development of intradisciplinary (one discipline) and interdisciplinary (many disciplines) research teams is described in this article. A research team is defined as more than a single person in the role of the researcher while studying the same topic of interest in a joint or collaborative manner. Strategies to ensure successful research team collaboration are described. Exemplars of developing and maintaining a team at one site, which consists of members of the same discipline, as well as another team that consists of multiple professional disciplines, are shared. Collaboration among research team members in practice, administration, and education settings transcends degrees and roles to make substantial contributions to professional practice.