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.
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