Nursing

Motivate your nurses to conduct research

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), May 1, 2009

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Conducting research and publishing findings is an important way to add to the body of knowledge of any specialty. It is important to convince nurses that a doctorate or other graduate degree is not essential to participating in research.

However, finding ways to motivate staff nurses to conduct nursing research can be difficult. From the outset, the process of completing a project can seem daunting and overwhelming.

Often, taking the first step is the key to success. And sometimes, even something as simple as a post-it note can help.

“Staff nurses can write on post-it notes about ideas for research projects, and these notes can be posted on a staff bulletin board and then reviewed during staff meetings,” Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN, an advanced practice nurse at Bay Pines (FL) VA Healthcare System, said during HCPro’s March 10 audio conference, “Build a Nursing Research Culture: Practical Strategies to Implement a Program and Engage Nurses.”

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