Research priorities for nursing and midwifery in Southern Ireland
Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
International Nursing Review
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 123–128, June 2006
How to Cite
McCarthy, G., Savage, E. and Lehane, E. (2006), Research priorities for nursing and midwifery in Southern Ireland. International Nursing Review, 53: 123–128. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2006.00461.x
- Issue online: 28 APR 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
- Research Priorities
Aim: To identify research priorities for nursing and midwifery in the Southern Health Board area in Ireland for the immediate and long term.
Method: Ten focus groups were conducted over a 2-month period with 70 nurses and midwives working in clinical, managerial and educational roles participating. Based on focus group findings and a literature review a multi-item Likert type questionnaire was constructed and administered to 520 nurses and midwives (response rate 95%n = 494).
Results: Research priorities were identified as: (1) impact of staff shortages on retention of RNs/RM’s (80%); (2) quality of life of chronically ill patients (76%); (3) stress and bullying in the workplace (76%); (4) assessment and management of pain (75%); (5) skill mix and staff burnout (73%); (6) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation decision making (72%); (7) coordination of care between hospital and primary care settings (69%); (8) medication errors (67%); and (9) promoting healthy lifestyles (64%). Respondents also indicated that these priorities warranted immediate attention. Implications for practice include the need for: (1) emphasis on quality pain control; (2) recognition and exploration of the ethical issues relating to resuscitation; and (3) management of the context within which clinical care is given.