Nursing research contributes to policy, education and practice, and we need to shout about that
Nurses have a key role in ensuring the community understands how nursing research affects healthcare delivery and experience
Despite playing such a key role in 2020, nursing is not immune from job losses and restructuring. Clinical nurses have had hours reduced and lost employment; nurse academics face widespread redundancies, early retirement and higher teaching workloads.
Beyond the consequences for the professional education of nurses is the real threat to nursing scholarship. Most academic workload is spread between teaching and research. As universities are forced to do more with less, the time and resources for research are an easy target for cuts.
Increasing individual teaching loads can be compensated for by reduced research time without financial costs to the employer. Clinical nurse researchers may face an impetus to shift into more clinical roles to make up workforce shortfalls or to cover increased...
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