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Clinical nursing research: nurses' attitudes and activity

Kelly, Anne-Maree and Kerr, Debra and Woodruff, I (2004) Clinical nursing research: nurses' attitudes and activity. Collegian, 11 (2). pp. 17-21. ISSN 1322-7696

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Abstract

Involvement and conduct of clinical nursing research is a desired professional behaviour of registered nurses and the degree of involvement is partly dependent on the attitude that nurses hold towards research. A survey methodology was used to explore the attitudes and activity levels of registered nurses employed within an acute metropolitan public hospital. Two hundred and sixty questionnaires were distributed in August 2000 to all registered nurses employed in clinical areas within a twenty-four hour period. One hundred and seventy eight questionnaires were returned, giving a response rate of 68%. A key finding was that few nurses had been involved in nursing research and there was little enthusiasm for future involvement in research. The respondents' estimates of their skill and confidence in their ability to conduct research were moderate. Tertiary qualifications and employment award had little impact on attitudes about research or enthusiasm for future research conduct. If nursing research is to progress in the study organisation, specific strategies to change attitudes and build skills will be needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19040, nursing, research, attitudes
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
FOR Classification > 1103 Clinical Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2012 00:55
Last Modified: 03 May 2013 01:14
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/2611
DOI: 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60450-3
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