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Essentials of building a career in nursing research


Cleary, M and Sayers, J and Watson, R, Essentials of building a career in nursing research, Nurse Researcher, 23, (6) pp. 9-13. ISSN 1351-5578 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Copyright 2016 RCNi

DOI: doi:10.7748/nr.2016.e1412


Background: Nursing research is fundamental to driving evidence-based practice and achieving safe outcomes for patients. Underpinning the discussion in this paper are nurse researchers who thought strategically during their undergraduate and postgraduate studies to build a body of credible research influencing patient outcomes and, in so doing, establish their careers.

Aim: To provide an overview of some of the career essentials that support a transition in role for the beginner or emerging researcher, otherwise known as the early career researcher.

Discussion: Early career researchers need to acquire research competencies, to get involved in research teams, and to understand the research landscape and the various associated subtleties/vagaries and career trajectories. This is fundamental for establishing their credibility as researchers, and enabling them to undertake research that will influence policy and practice.

Conclusion: Establishing a research career is challenging, and takes time, effort, patience, perseverance and commitment. For beginner researchers, collegial support and mentoring are essential to support a viable, professional, sustainable, enquiring profession, and a satisfying career. Implications for practice Building individual capabilities and collaborative research teams together is fundamental to research success in adapting to new roles and workplaces.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:careers, collaboration, mentorship, nurse researcher, nursing, research impact, scholarship,
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:Sayers, J (Dr Jan Sayers)
ID Code:110230
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-07-21
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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