Intellectual development and research: student nurses’ and student midwives’ accounts

Authors

  • Margaret Hannah MacArthur MacVicar RGN SCM BA RHV MSc RNT

    1. Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Bell College of Technology, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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Abstract

The way in which student nurses and midwives experience research in practice is described here through accounts from in-depth interviews with 10 student midwives and nine student nurses while they were in the rostered service component of their pre-registration diploma courses. Also reported here is an impressionistic model of their intellectual development in relation to research which has been created inductively from the same data and which offer a new line of inquiry on the research to practice problem. Although this research is primarily concerned with these particular students it is of general interest since there may be a level of intellectual development which is a necessary condition to being able to initiate and use research in practice.

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