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PROMOTING NURSES’ RESEARCH ACTIVITY AND INTERESTS IN A CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

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  2. PROMOTING NURSES’ RESEARCH ACTIVITY AND INTERESTS IN A CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
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Encouraging nurses to engage in research activity or to become research-minded is generally accepted by the profession as being a key role for today’s nursing leaders. Alas, for some, this presents a difficult challenge.

But where there is a professional commitment to meet the challenge, the outcome can be very positive, as I discovered at a conference I attended last year.

At the conference I heard about a valiant attempt being made at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, England, to meet this challenge effectively and economically. The costs, it was reported, were minimal.

Jane Coad, senior lecturer in paediatric nursing, University of Central England, Birmingham, and Joannie Barber, clinical teaching sister, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, discussed their clinically-based but jointly organized project ( Coad & Barber 1998).

Clearly a key facilitator of the project was the director of nursing at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Sheila Marriott.

In 1997, a group of clinical nurses was established to work together with the researchers to develop a research profile for each member of the nursing staff at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Other aims of the project were to establish a nursing research interest group and to postulate a clinical practice model which uses research to link theory with nursing practice.

A fair amount of ongoing nursing research activity has already been identified and documented. The project itself has fostered an increase in research awareness and activity.

They plan to produce a comprehensive user-friendly directory of the nursing research activity in the hospital which will be updated from time to time.

Projects such as this one at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital are so easy to introduce when there is vision and commitment and keen collaboration shared between academics in university nursing departments and nursing service leaders.

It is a model which others might like to consider.

References

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  2. PROMOTING NURSES’ RESEARCH ACTIVITY AND INTERESTS IN A CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
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    Coad J. & Barber J. (1998) Implementation of a clinically based research group in a children’s hospital. Plenary paper read at The Royal College of Nursing Society of Paediatric Nursing Conference in Birmingham, England, on 19 September 1998.