Research impact

Researchers worldwide are under pressure to show the impact of their work. For nurse researchers this is no surprise. Studies are pinned in clinical, workforce, educational or policy criteria and demonstrating health outcomes is expected.

But how do you ensure the widest impact?  By carrying out the most valuable and relevant research and ensuring it is widely disseminated and translated into practice. Keep potential impact central when planning your study and harness the power of professional journals, social media and conference presentations to engage the wider audience. The variety of ways in which you can disseminate your work to prove its worth and impact might be confusing, but the gains will be worth it.

To help you achieve this, and as nurse researchers meet in Sheffield for the 2019 RCN International Research Conference this week, RCNi’s Nurse Researcher journal has created a resource to boost the impact of your research. Do not miss Nurse Researcher editor Liz Halcomb’s conference workshop on ‘Disseminating your research for impact’.

Do take this opportunity to view a selection of the journal’s wide range of articles on impact. Please contact Julie Sylvester, managing editor of Nurse Researcher at julie.sylvester@rcni.com with your comments, suggestions or feedback, and help raise awareness of our content by sharing this resource on social media using the weblink rcni.com/research-impact


A nurse using her smart phone to access social media

The tool that aims to help nurses use social media professionally

Online behaviour doesn’t always reflect nurses’ knowledge of the issue, says OU researcher

A mentor advising a nurse

Scheme to develop nurses’ clinical and academic skills improves job satisfaction

Programme also creates leadership and research pathway for band 5 nurses

Implications for nursing and healthcare research of the general data protection regulation and retrospective reviews of patients’ data

Implications for nursing and healthcare research of the general data protection...

Background The European Union’s general data protection regulation (GDPR) came into effect...

Philosophy and quality? TAPUPASM as an approach to rigour in critical realist research

Philosophy and quality? TAPUPASM as an approach to rigour in critical realist research

Background Philosophical principles should guide how research is designed, conducted and...

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A reflection on the challenges in interviewing Arab participants

A reflection on the challenges in interviewing Arab participants

Background Cultural beliefs and ways of thinking need to be considered when interviewing...

Recruiting and engaging African-American men in health research

Recruiting and engaging African-American men in health research

Background Improving the health of black and minority ethnic (BME) men in the US continues...

Presenting

Reflecting on the learning opportunities of presenting at a conference

Background Research productivity is a major indicator of higher educational institutions’ (...

Debriefing

Debriefing as a form of reflection and catharsis for researchers

Background The collection of sensitive data can arouse emotional reactions and researchers...

Envy

An examination of envy and jealousy in nursing academia

Aim To discuss envy and jealousy and how their positive and negative aspects among nurse...

Nursing research

Essentials of building a career in nursing research

Background Nursing research is fundamental to driving evidence-based practice and achieving...

Making a difference through research

Making a difference through research

JILL MABEN OBE is professor of nursing research at King’s College London (KCL). Until...

Originality and the PhD: what is it and how can it be demonstrated?

Aim To explore the concept of originality in doctoral research and outline ways in which...

Questioning the efficacy of ‘gold’ open access to published articles

Aim To question the efficacy of ‘gold’ open access to published articles. Background Open...

Dissemination beyond publication

The mantra ‘publish or perish’ has meant disseminating work in peer-reviewed literature....

Blogs as a way to elicit feedback on research and engage stakeholders

Aim To reflect on the potential of blogs to enhance engagement with research, create a...

Researcher or nurse? Difficulties of undertaking semi-structured interviews on...

Aim To reflect on the author’s personal and professional journey when undertaking semi-...

Lessons learned about art-based approaches for disseminating knowledge

Aim To present a case example of using an arts-based approach and the development of an art...