I empathaize on the required class. I did a literary research assignment in my nursing research course, but I have not done any since then. (I went straight from highschool to a BSN course). There is a very strong need for nursing research, but there is not much time for the "avarage" RN to do research. I know my hospital does not give us extra time (paid or unpaid) to do research, and it is a great hassle to get through all of the publication requirements to do research. Also, the writing style required to get published is very profesional - as it should be - but look at the avarage writing of your typical RN - we are great at being concise, but not at being eloquent.
I think the greatest number of research studies by nurses are done by educators and by students in route to their masters degree. That is an excellent way to do it, because you get direct oversite on the research of the professors, etc. The bad part is that the researchers are often not very experienced in research...
I use research in my practice - if I have the access to it. I would read a lot more if our hospital had a library of journals or subscribed to an online source. I do not order any research journals (although I would love to do so) because I simply can not afford them. I work in rural MO and my income barely pays for normal living expenses and paying off my student loans - not a lot of room for extra.
The other area that nursing research needs to contend with is simple application issues. Although nursing research can change practice, more often than not (at least where I work) the doctors preferences dictate many areas of practice. Therefore nursing research needs credence with the physicians before it is likely to be implemented in current practice.
Example: we know that shaving the perineum prior to a vaginal delivery is not benificial for infection reduction, it can actually increase the risk of infection with the bacteria hiding in the small nicks caused by shaving... (as well as causing unnessesary itching and embarrasement for the patient) but can we convince the one of the doctors at our hospital of this -NO
It will take publishing the research in the medical journals for him to even consider it. (I always tell patients they are free to refuse the shave! :wink2:
Anyway, I got off the topic. Nursing research is important, we should have more of it, we need to find a way to use it once it is done without having to have a fight with the doctors, and I would love to do research but I can't earn a living doing research where I am. I would have to move. Yuck.
Hope that helps a little. Lots of luck on your class.