Building the Science of Nursing Education Research

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MORE AND MORE PAGES IN NURSING EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES ARE NOW DEVOTED TO SOPHISTICATED STUDIES OF NURSING EDUCATION.

We made the decision to focus on nursing education research in response to the good news that the science has developed sufficiently for the nursing education scientific community to move from single-site studies to those that address national, and even global, nursing education phenomena.

We are slowly getting the word out about the value of large-scale national studies or, at a minimum, those that go beyond an exploratory nature. And we have been reorienting our authors, our readers, and our reviewers. Of course, change happens gradually. Even though we have changed our desired content focus, many of the manuscripts we publish now were accepted before the change occurred. Thus, as a reader, you may not be fully aware of the difference in our focus until later in 2013.

With our change in orientation, we wanted to be certain to encourage new researchers and new ideas in the field. Thus, we have introduced a Research Briefs section to the journal, edited by Dr. Barbara Patterson, to accommodate single-site and small-scale studies. Some of you, as authors, have already been asked to totally revise your submitted manuscripts to fit the guidelines of this new section. We want to spark enthusiasm for nursing education research among new researchers and graduate students and believe that this new section will accommodate many types of studies. …