Clinical research education: perspectives of nurses, employers, and educators.

Author(s): Galassi AL,  Grady MA,  O'Mara AM,  Ness EA,  Parreco LK,  Belcher AE,  Hastings CE

Journal: J Nurs Educ

Date: 2014 Aug

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): COPTRG

PubMed ID: 25050563

PMC ID: not available

Abstract: The aim of this study was to understand the current environment around clinical research relating to nursing education and practice. This descriptive study analyzed data from 33 in-depth interviews with faculty members, nurse executives, staff development directors, and practicing nurses, as well as an online interactive brainstorming session with 28 deans of schools of nursing (or their designee). Patterns and themes that emerged within each group were identified and analyzed in relation to study objectives. Central themes emerged around participants' knowledge and attitudes about clinical research education for baccalaureate nursing students, factors enhancing or inhibiting inclusion of clinical research content in baccalaureate nursing programs, and professional roles nursing students could expect to assume after graduation. Although the participants agreed that mastery of clinical research knowledge and related skills is important, there was no agreement whether nurses should receive this education and training in baccalaureate programs or in staff development.