Nursing research provides the scientific basis for the practice of the profession. Using mulptiple philosophical and theory-based approaches as well as diverse methodologies, nursing research focuses on understanding the symptoms of illness; preventing and slowing disease or disability; finding effective approaches to achieving optimal health; and improving clinical settings where care is provided (American Association of Colleges of Nursng 2006, 1).
Every nurse is encouraged to examine their everyday clinical practice for research projects. Nurses who have suggestions about how to improve nursing in their area are encouraged to share them. The clinical nurse specialists and or the clinical educators are able to work with the nurse to translate their observations from daily practice into a research question.
Nurses who wish to become involved in research are encouraged to contact their clinical nurse specialist/educator for guidance and more information.