Developing scholarship in nursing - steps within a strategy.
ABSTRACT This paper seeks to share with the reader some of the mechanisms currently being used to generate scholarship in academic nursing, both at the institutional and individual levels. It then goes on to explore other ways in which educational managers might encourage scholarly activity. Finally, it presents the crystallization of ideas generated during discussions conducted with lecturers focusing on their selection of a workable path towards a future of scholarship, for them as an academic. It is intended as food for thought for managers of educational programmes and individual nurse academics as they scan the horizons of the future in an attempt to make the 'best' decisions for the profession of nursing and individuals within it.
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ABSTRACT: The rapid move of nursing in the UK into the university sector in the early 1990s has not only opened up a set of new possibilities for nurse educators but also created a set of new challenges. One such challenge is to transform the teaching cultures of these new departments into a scholastic culture. This article, using Lewin's framework of change along with theories of cultural change, demonstrates the creation of a scholarly forum that would facilitate the creation of a scholarly culture.Teaching and Learning in Nursing 04/2007; DOI:10.1016/j.teln.2007.01.007
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ABSTRACT: This paper seeks to outline how clinical and academic colleagues can work together to promote nursing research and development in order to enhance care delivery. The literature shows that problems concerning capacity and capability continue to impede progress in developing further the contribution that nursing research can make to patient care. The settings which are the focus of this collaboration are a large acute teaching hospital NHS Trust and a post-1992 university. In order to develop firm foundations that a collaborative nursing research strategy could rest on, a SWOT analysis was undertaken. The SWOT analysis demonstrates that there is a clear need to increase the number of nurses participating in research and development activities in both settings. This is a fundamental requirement if evidence based nursing practice is to be a reality.11/2004; 9(6):401-410. DOI:10.1177/136140960400900605
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ABSTRACT: Background Leadership in the clinical practice environment is important to ensure both optimal patient outcomes and successive generations of motivated and enthusiastic clinicians.Aim The present paper seeks to define and describe clinical leadership and identify the facilitators and barriers to clinical leadership. We also describe strategies to develop clinical leaders in Australia. Key drivers to the development of nursing leaders are strategies that recognize and value clinical expertise. These include models of care that highlight the importance of the nursing role; evidence-based practice and measurement of clinical outcomes; strategies to empower clinicians and mechanisms to ensure participation in clinical decision-making.Key issues Significant barriers to clinical leadership are organizational structures that preclude nurses from clinical decision making; the national shortage of nurses; fiscal constraints; absence of well evaluated models of care and trends towards less skilled clinicians.Conclusions Systematic, strategic initiatives are required to nurture and develop clinical leaders. These strategies need to be collegial collaborations between the academic and health care sectors in order to provide a united voice for advancing the nursing profession.Journal of Nursing Management 03/2006; 14(3):180 - 187. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2934.2006.00555.x