Earlier this week I attended the 42nd Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in Indianapolis, USA. Once I had successfully dodged the tornadoes and arrived in Indiana, I settled down to absorb the positive energy that emanates from a large gathering of dedicated nurse leaders, keen to shape the future of nursing around the […]
Preparedness for Practice
I’m involved in a research project investigating newly graduated nurse practitioner’s perceptions of their preparedness to practice. Participants will be asked to give their thoughts about how well the education program prepared them to work as an NP. There have been many changes in NP legislation and to models of primary health care in our […]
Producing evidence with a little help from a grant.
Maybe you have a really interesting clinical question which puzzles you and which requires answering or you have decided on a project idea that really excites you and your team. Your supervisor/mentor may think it has potential but you realise its going to be costly to do this right. You will need help, for example […]
A growing need for patient voices in research
My personal research agenda is about helping pregnant women to make decisions based on the best available evidence about their options for pregnancy and childbirth. It is also about giving women the opportunity to communicate what is important to them in making decisions about birth. I am currently immersed in a new research project in […]
‘15-minute care visits’
This week in England there has been high profile media reports, both nationally and within the nursing press, about ‘15-minute care’ visits for individuals requiring social and healthcare in the community. Headlines such ‘councils ordered care agencies to complete vital home visits in 15-minute time-slots to save money’ sparked the media ‘frenzy’. The backdrop was […]
Evidence Based Practice…Roadblocks and Detours
I recently taught a health promotion course to graduate nursing students. We reviewed many issues including the implementation of evidence in practice. We were reminded that evidence based practice includes the use of data from well conducted research studies, but also includes the clinical experience of the practitioner and, most importantly, input from the patient. […]
When is the evidence too old?
A few weeks ago, when submitting an abstract to a nursing conference, I was suddenly faced with a dilemma about age. Not my own age, but the age of evidence I was using to support my work. One key element of the submission criteria was to provide five research citations to support the abstract, and […]
Online Journal Club September Edition
The article for discussion this month focuses on quality of life in years 1, 2 and 3 after prostate cancer diagnosis. This is an important topic, in particular, because of the widespread prevalence of prostate cancer among older men. This longitudinal research used both quantitative and qualitative methods with a sample size of 21. Results […]
Should undergraduate student nurses undertake research?
Last week I took up a new post as Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Having been involved in teaching health professionals research and evidence-based practice at undergraduate and post graduate levels, for over 10 years, I am excited about being offered the opportunity to be part of the school’s […]
The Murky Real World
I am a professor at a university School of Nursing but I also continue to work part time as a nurse practitioner in a primary health care centre. It’s important for me to practice for many reasons. I really enjoy the type of work and the pace of the clinic setting. Additionally, I need to […]