Activity of health care providers in relation to key aspects of nursing research and development in Northern Ireland.

Donna Fitzsimons, TV McCance, Nicola Armstrong

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The Research and Development agenda in nursing in the UK has undergone significant changes recently, characterized by improved funding and productivity. However there remains much potential for progress. This paper is derived from a larger study, commissioned by the DHSSPS in Northern Ireland and undertaken by NIPEC. It aims to chart current R&D activity in nursing and guide the future direction of regional developments. The RCN position paper (2002) described strategies to promote excellence in nursing care through R&D. This has been used to develop a regional framework for best practice in R&D in Northern Ireland at the level of Health Care providers, Higher Education Institutes and Research Funders. This paper presents the section of the study which evaluated Health Care Provider’s activity in relation to six key elements of R&D activity:- • Strategy Development • Partnership Working • Building Capacity • Infrastructure • Research in Practice • Outcome Assessment Structured interviews were conducted with Directors of Nursing in each of the 18 NHS Trusts and a purposive sample of two lead nurses from independent sector in NI. Interviews were taped, transcribed and analysed using SPSS and Nudist NVIVO. Data analysis is currently in process, but initial results suggest considerable variability in the support structures, capacity and productivity of nurses in relation to R&D. In most organizations there was no-one with sole responsibility for leading the R&D agenda in nursing, and few organizations had systems to collate nurses’ output in relation to R&D. Qualitative data highlighted a number of important issues including a lack of vision and corporate strategy in relation to nursing R&D. These impacted significantly on capacity building, with few opportunities for nurses with advanced research skills. The implications of this regional study will be discussed in relation to national policy and key messages for Trusts extrapolated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages92-92
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventThe 2005 Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference - Europa Hotel and Spires Conference Centre , Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 08 Mar 200511 Mar 2005

Conference

ConferenceThe 2005 Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period08/03/200511/03/2005

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