Living the Research Experience from Start to Finish: An Innovative Teaching Strategy Combining Clinical Experience Activities for Courses in Women's Health and Nursing Research

Wednesday, 15 July 2009: 11:05 AM

Juanita Graham, MSN, RN
Health Services, Mississippi Department of Health, Jackson, MS
Lisa A. Haynie, PhD, RN, CFNP
School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
LaDonna Kaye Northington, DNS, CCRN, BC
School of Nursing, University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS
Tina M. Martin, PhD, RN, CFNP
School of Nursing, University of Mississippi School of Nursing, Jackson, MS

Learning Objective 1: Discuss the value of "hands-on" learning in fostering student interest in nursing research

Learning Objective 2: List strategies for collaborative efforts in promoting student interest in scholarly endeavors.

Purpose: The currently critical shortage of nursing faculty and advanced practice nurses reinforces the need for nursing students to embrace the value of graduate nursing education and scholarly inquiry towards advancement of evidence based practice. A collaborative effort between a university school of nursing and a nursing honor society sought to foster student interest in nursing research through an innovative learning activity combining clinical experience requirements for courses in women’s health and nursing research.

Methods: The collaboration utilized 13 students from an accelerated baccalaureate program as data collectors, data analyzers, and reporters to pilot a survey instrument developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Reproductive Health among coastal women affected by Hurricane Katrina. Following data collection, students assisted with interpretation of data and produced components of a research report later utilized as part of a formal research manuscript.

Results: The students proved to be aggressive participant interviewers, exceeding the goal for the number of surveys completed.

Conclusion: It was noted that participants were very open to completing surveys to assist students with educational requirements suggesting that student nurses were are an excellent resource for data collection. Students reported a positive experience with the project and an increased interest in scholarly inquiry. That interest and experience was reinforced when the research manuscript was accepted for publication, providing students with experience in a scholarly, peer-reviewed project to include on their resumes as they seek to enter the nursing work force