101 Careers in Nursing

By Jeanne M. Novotny; Doris T. Lippman et al. | Go to book overview
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1. Basic description—A nurse researcher conducts studies related to individual, family and community health, symptoms of illness, nursing interventions to promote health and decrease incidence or symptoms of illness, and research related to nursing and health care delivery including workforce planning. The research may involve a large project funded through the National Institutes of Health or a small project supported by funds from the researcher’s institution. Research requires an attention to detail; thus, the work is methodical and sometimes tedious. Researchers may work alone or in teams with other nurse researchers or clinicians; often the research undertaken by nurse scientists is multidisciplinary in nature, thus requiring the researchers to engage in team building and team functioning. Researchers often work under great time pressure to meet deadlines for funding agencies, or publication deadlines.
2. Educational requirements—PhD degree in nursing or related discipline.
3. Core competencies/skills needed:
Research methods knowledge and skills
Knowledge of statistical methods and analyses
Grant writing skills
Analytical and organizational skills
Writing skills
Team building skills are often required
4. Compensation—Varies according to place of employment and geographic location.
5. Employment outlook—High
6. Related Web sites and professional organizations:
National Institute of Nursing Research; a branch of the U.S. Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health: www.nih.gov/ninr/
Sigma Theta Tau International: www.nursingsociety.com

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