Evidence-based expert: Encourage nurses to learn through research

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 9, 2009

This week's expert, Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN, explains how educators can encourage nurses to learn by doing research.

Q. How can I encourage nurses to get involved in research projects?

A. Adults need to know why they are learning and what positive effect a particular learning activity will have on their lives. They want to have a sense of control over their learning and to feel that they are contributing to the learning process. Research is an excellent resourceful strategy that is not used often enough.

The concept of conducting research may be intimidating for some members of your organization. You are not going to expect nurses, for example, to initiate and conduct a research project at the PhD level. But you don’t need to hold a doctorate to participate in the research process. Select an appropriate topic based on analysis of educational needs.

A learning activity could be developed that:

  • Involves nurses in collecting data about this problem
  • Helps nurses to analyze the data
  • Identifies two possible solutions to the problem
  • Initiates separate types of nursing interventions in an attempt to solve the problem
  • Evaluates the outcomes of these interventions and recommends a best practice solution to the problem

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