Reviews

Understanding research for nursing students

This book does exactly what it says it will in that it could be a useful tool for helping nursing students to gain a deeper understanding of the research.

The content is readable, concise and well laid out, and it regularly relates to the information presented to nursing practice. It provides an excellent overview of qualitative and quantitative research, a good grounding in ethics and also provides a chapter on triangulation and action research.

However, it is somewhat lacking in terms of literature reviews which are important for nurse researchers. For example, the book would definitely have benefited on a chapter encompassing, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

The activities presented throughout the text give readers the opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt. The book provides an excellent starting point for students embarking on their course and would also be exceptionally useful in the early stages of a research project when research questions are being considered. It could also help students to make a decision at this stage as to which methodology might be most useful.

However, this resource

...

The content is readable, concise and well laid out, and it regularly relates to the information presented to nursing practice. It provides an excellent overview of qualitative and quantitative research, a good grounding in ethics and also provides a chapter on triangulation and action research.

However, it is somewhat lacking in terms of literature reviews which are important for nurse researchers. For example, the book would definitely have benefited on a chapter encompassing, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

The activities presented throughout the text give readers the opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt. The book provides an excellent starting point for students embarking on their course and would also be exceptionally useful in the early stages of a research project when research questions are being considered. It could also help students to make a decision at this stage as to which methodology might be most useful.

However, this resource is an overview rather than ‘how to’, so a student would require more depth as they progress – the author has recognised this by making suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.

This book would be useful as an introduction to research for nursing students and as a ‘revision’ guide for those in practice.

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Enjoy 1 month's access for £1 and get:

  • Full access to nursing standard.com and the Nursing Standard app
  • Monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?