Clinical nurse research consultant: a clinical and academic role to advance practice and the discipline of nursing

Authors


J. Currey: e-mail: judy.currey@deakin.edu.au

Abstract

currey j., considine j. & khaw d. (2011) Clinical nurse research consultant: a clinical and academic role to advance practice and the discipline of nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing 67(9), 2275–2283.

Abstract

Aims.  This article presents a proposal for the Clinical Nurse Research Consultant, a new nursing role.

Background.  Although healthcare delivery continues to evolve, nursing has lacked highly specialized clinical and research leadership that, as a primary responsibility, drives evidence-based practice change in collaboration with bedside clinicians.

Data sources.  International literature published over the last 25 years in the databases of CINAHL, OVID, Medline Pubmed, Science Direct, Expanded Academic, ESBSCOhost, Scopus and Proquest is cited to create a case for the Clinical Nurse Research Consultant.

Discussion.  The Clinical Nurse Research Consultant will address the research/practice gap and assist in facilitating evidence-based clinical practice. To fulfil the responsibilities of this proposed role, the Clinical Nurse Research Consultant must be a doctorally prepared recognized clinical expert, have educational expertise, and possess advanced interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills. This role will enable clinical nurses to maintain and share their clinical expertise, advance practice through research and role model the clinical/research nexus.

Implications for nursing.  Critically, the Clinical Nurse Research Consultant must be appointed in a clinical and academic partnership to provide for career progression and role support.

Conclusion.  The creation of the Clinical Nurse Research Consultant will advance nursing practice and the discipline of nursing.

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