Tips from TSE: Empower nurses to conduct research

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 10, 2009

Finding ways to motivate staff nurses to conduct nursing research can be difficult. Begin motivating staff nurses and creating a successful research program by empowering your nurses. “You need to empower your team with research knowledge before expecting nurses to participate in a research program,” said Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN, an advanced practice nurse at Bay Pines (FL) VA Healthcare System during HCPro’s March 10 audio conference, “Build a Nursing Research Culture: Practical Strategies to Implement a Program and Engage Nurses.”

As with many endeavors, good education is the key to initiating and implementing a research project. If nurses don’t know what is expected of them, they are unlikely to participate in nursing research.

Flaugher presented these four methods to begin empowering your nurses:

  1. Walk nurses through a research application.
  2. Show nurses how to do a literature review or where to go to get a literature review.
  3. Show nurses how to develop a proposal for institutional review board submission.
  4. Let nurses know that the research work they will do will make a difference in patient care. “Once staff see and hear the changes they can make with research, they will begin to see endless possibilities and continue to work toward research projects,” said Flaugher.

Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted from the May issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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