Inside scoop from our experts: Research council attendance: Increase the numbers

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 30, 2008

This week, a reader asks how to increase staff nurses interest in nursing research. Read the response from our advisor, Gina Boring, RN, MSN, NE-BC, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® project director for Aultman Hospital in North Canton, OH.

Q: How can I increase staff nurses’ interest in nursing research?

A: Low attendance at nursing research council meetings is a problem that many of us deal with. This is a council that is particularly difficult to recruit staff nurses to because it sounds intimidating and, let’s face it, nursing research sounds like a lot of work. The following are three strategies to consider when looking to increase research council attendance:

  1. Hold a membership drive once a year and then have members sign attendance and participation commitments.
  2. Plan ahead and allow staff nurses to leave their units so they can participate in the council. Have managers take the staff nurses’ assignment for the few hours that they are away from the unit at the council meeting.
  3. Begin with a journal club to review a research article once a month. This will help familiarize staff nurses on how to read and interpret existing research.

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