At Community, nursing research involves the disciplined inquiry into the delivery of nursing care throughout the network. Nurses conduct research in order to answer the questions that reshape the science of nursing, touching all diagnoses and patients served.
The Director for Nursing Research and the Network Council of Nurse Scientists act as mentors to bedside nurses; nurses are introduced to research and provided with the skill set necessary to conduct meaningful and scientifically sound research. The most important piece of equipment used for this work is a curious mind. Throught the year, educational and cross-training opportunities related to nursing research are provided by the Network Nursing Research Council.
What makes this area of nursing special?
It is noteworthy that Community Health Network has formalized a program of nursing research. This is often confined to academic settings with affiliations with schools of nursing. Community-based research contributes a “real-world” perspective to the science of nursing and the conduct of nursing research.
Why do nurses stay in this area?
Nurses stay involved with nursing research to contribute to the science of nursing and exercise their intellectual curiosity. They are committed to continued improvement and excellence in the delivery of nursing care.
Characteristics of outstanding nurses in this area
An outstanding nurse researcher is a nurse who is naturally curious and naturally challenges the status quo; who is not comfortable with “the way it has always been done”; who has a thirst for knowledge and stays current with new developments in his or her specific area of interest and in nursing in general; who pursues excellence in his or her work and is interested in contributing to the knowledge base for all nurses; and who is willing to go above and beyond the boundaries of an assigned/paid shift to pursue new knowledge.