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Student nurse perceptions on evidence-based practice and research: An exploratory research study involving students from the University of Greenwich, England and the Faculty of Health Care Jesenice, Slovenia

Student nurse perceptions on evidence-based practice and research: An exploratory research study involving students from the University of Greenwich, England and the Faculty of Health Care Jesenice, Slovenia

Brooke, Joanne, Hvalič-Touzery, Simona and Skela-Savič, Brigita (2015) Student nurse perceptions on evidence-based practice and research: An exploratory research study involving students from the University of Greenwich, England and the Faculty of Health Care Jesenice, Slovenia. Nurse Education Today, 35 (7). e6-e11. ISSN 0260-6917 (doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2015.02.026)

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Abstract

Background: The importance of evidence-based practice (EBP) and research within nursing has been acknowledged since the 1970s. Research proficiencies for nurses include the abilities to search for and evaluate evidence, disseminate findings and apply findings to practice within the context of caring. However, there is a lack of information on how new undergraduate nursing curriculums have impacted on student nurses' perceptions on and importance of EBP and research.

Objectives: The study aimed to explore student nurses' perceptions on and importance of EBP and research.

Methods: Data were collected via focus groups in 2013 with undergraduate student nurses from the University of Greenwich, England (n = 7) and the Faculty of Health Care Jesenice, Slovenia (n = 3). Cross-sectional sampling included focus groups with 1st year nursing students (4, n = 22), 2nd year (4, n = 38) and 3rd year (2, n = 10). Data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

Results: Four emergent themes regarding students' perceptions of EBP and research were ‘provided confidence, knowledge and empowerment in clinical practice’, ‘vital for improvements in patient care and safety’, students' ‘responsibility to develop nursing as a profession’ and ‘realities of research in clinical practice’.

Discussion: Student nurses found EBP and research daunting and difficult to understand, although perceived EBP and research as necessary for their current and future practice. However, student nurses highlighted the lack of clinical nurses' involvement in research and therefore struggled to conceptualise how they could maintain their EBP and research skills on leaving the academic setting.

Conclusion: The importance of EBP and research was realised by student nurses across the two institutions. However, further development and involvement of clinical nurses with EBP and research is required to enable students to develop a clear understanding of how to take these skills forward in their future careers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing students, evidence-based practice, research, focus groups, interpretative phenomenological analysis
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 15:34
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13322

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