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Nursing and clinical research: let’s look at the impact of nurses

Without the wide spectrum of nursing roles in research there wouldn’t be excellent practice
nurse researcher with a patient

Without the wide spectrum of nursing roles in research there wouldn’t be excellent practice

From Florence Nightingale reporting the number of preventable deaths during the Crimean War to recent studies into areas such as safe staffing, research by nurses has long had a major effect on the way healthcare is delivered.

Research underpins all aspects of nursing care and supports the promotion of evidence-based practice but research impact in nursing is largely based on the Research Excellence Framework (REF), applicable only to nurses undertaking research in universities.

There is no equivalent in the NHS or other settings for research-active nurses to promote and highlight the impact of their work, which is why the impact of research in nursing more generally is an ongoing focus of the RCN Research Society.


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