Pursuing a career in nursing research
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Pursuing a career in nursing research

Tonks (Josephine) Nicola Fawcett Professor of student learning (nurse education), Nursing Studies, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Corrienne McCulloch Critical care research nurse, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility NHS Lothian, and doctoral student in nursing studies, University of Edinburgh

Nursing is an evidence-based profession that uses the latest and best research to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. Nursing research is needed to generate knowledge and develop nursing care. Despite this, the role of the research nurse is poorly understood and appreciated. This article discusses the importance of the nurses’ role in clinical research and provides information on how to pursue a career in research.

Nursing Standard. 28, 28, 54-58. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 28 October 2013

Accepted: 06 December 2013