Nursing denotes a profession that is ever changing especially in the face of innovative technology. Achievement of the changes in the profession gets mainly based on the ability to undertake research at various levels of training. In line with this, training of nurses that takes place at various levels is critical in informing nursing research and preparing learners to undertake future nursing roles.
First, the nurses prepared in baccalaureate nursing programs have a role in nursing research which involves the application of the primary aspects of evidence-based practice in collaboratively working with nurses at other levels to identify probable research problems (Goode et al. 2013). Likewise, the nurses prepared at masters level play a role in nursing research by undertaking the evaluation of research findings to come up with guidelines that can be employed in the development of guidelines for evidence-based practice (Begley et al. 2013). Besides, learners are prepared to initiate research based on identified practice problems.
Smeltzer (et al. 2015) highlight that the nurses prepared in Practice-focused doctoral programs undertake the evaluative role of the researches that have got developed. Of importance, nurses prepared in Research-focused doctoral programs are directly involved in undertaking intellectual inquiries as well as independent researches as well as incorporate others in their researches such as clinicians and students (Smeltzer et al. 2015).
As a nurse practitioner in the Trauma Surgical ICU/Burns ICU nurse, I possess future research role that I ought to undertake. Nates et al. (2016), identify that utilization of scarce resources in the ICU is a critical problem. Hence, as an ICU nurse, I would undertake research to identify the most appropriate resource management approaches that can get employed in integrating the scares resources in the complex critical care setting. Likewise, I would undertake research to identify the most effective way to utilize telemedicine in enhancing ICU care efficiency. Inability to provide critical care is based on ethics is another challenge in an ICU (Nates et al. 2016). Therefore, I would undertake research to identify how to improve the ethical nursing care of ICU patients.
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Goode, C. J., Lynn, M. R., McElroy, D., Bednash, G. D., & Murray, B. (2013). Lessons learned from 10 years of research on a post-baccalaureate nurse residency program. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(2), 73-79.
Nates, J. L., Nunnally, M., Kleinpell, R., Blosser, S., Goldner, J., Birriel, B.,& Sprung, C. L. (2016). ICU Admission, discharge, and triage guidelines: a framework to enhance clinical operations, development of institutional policies, and further research. Critical care medicine, 44(8), 1553-1602.
Smeltzer, S. C., Sharts‐Hopko, N. C., Cantrell, M. A., Heverly, M. A., Nthenge, S., & Jenkinson, A. (2015). A Profile of US Nursing Faculty in Research‐and Practice‐Focused Doctoral Education. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(2), 178-185.