Background Nurses interviewed heart failure patients admitted to two rural hospitals, to learn what was important to them concerning their disease. Data from this study would inform a subsequent heart failure intervention study. The researchers gained a better appreciation of the role of direct care nurses in research coordination, recruitment and data collection.
Aim To describe lessons learned during this research about using direct care nurses as research coordinators.
Discussion The direct care nurses were highly motivated and engaged in the research, identifying barriers and solutions to enrolling heart failure patients in the hospital. The researchers developed customised educational materials and data management documents to address the nurses’ learning needs, ensuring compliance with protocol and the safety of participants.
Conclusion Nurse researchers can establish an effective partnership with direct care nurses when conducting research studies. To accommodate learning needs and workplace demands, securing protected time for nurses to complete training, budgeting for administrative support and monitoring recruitment data weekly, as opposed to monthly, may be considered.
Implications for practice Direct care nurses can inform the design and conduct of research conducted in a hospital.
25, 2,19-23. doi: 10.7748/nr.2017.e1457
Received: 27 December 2015
Accepted: 09 November 2016
Published in print: 19 September 2017
Conflict Of Interest
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