Bedside scholar

  1. What does bedside scholar mean to you and have you ever thought of yourself as a bedside scholar?????
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Never heard of this, but will bump the question back up.
  4. by   bookwormom
    I love it!! I like to think of myself as scholarly on several levels, and to me it would mean that I base my care on the sum of all I have learned in my life, not just in nursing but also in experience and wide reading.
  5. by   VickyRN
    I look at "bedside scholar" as the nurse who bases his or her interventions and nursing care on research (evidence-based practice). Here is a great article along these lines:

    http://www.ncbon.com/Forms/Winter2005Bulletin.pdf page 11
  6. by   bookwormom
    (I have had computer touble and haven't looked at the article yet.)

    But this is such an interesting topic that I resorted to the low tech approach. I pulled out my old Oxford Universal Dictionary, and found this definition of scholar: "A learned or erudite person; esp. one who iis learned in the classical languages and their literature." I know this is an old definition, but to me it suggests an broad, inclusive level of knowledge across disciplines. To me it would include more than research.

    That is why, I think, that nurses benefit from a broad educational base. I don't mean to minimize the importance of research for giving care, but I can hardly think of any aspect of learning that might not somehow enrich care and nursing in general.
  7. by   dreamlandeals
    Quote from VickyRN
    I look at "bedside scholar" as the nurse who bases his or her interventions and nursing care on research (evidence-based practice). Here is a great article along these lines:

    http://www.ncbon.com/Forms/Winter2005Bulletin.pdf page 11
    Any body have idea how you implement Evidence based practice in hospital when you find one ?

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