Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Research and Development: Reflections of Practice Nurse Research Fellows

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Research and Development: Reflections of Practice Nurse Research Fellows

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Due to the infancy of practice nursing, minimal interest, funding, recognition or expertise is apparent. If nursing within general practice is to progress research needs to be high on the agenda for governments, academic institutions, general practices and more importantly practice nurses.

To be an effective professional member of the health care team the nurse must base their practice within a systematic, evidence-based framework. Formal education and the support from professional organisations are important foundations of this professional role. If the practice nurse role is to evolve from task delegation to independent practitioner, we must all be able to demonstrate with evidence that we can provide to our patients positive health outcomes in an environment of efficiency and cost effectiveness.

In 2006, the University of Melbourne awarded several nursing Research Fellowships under the auspice of Primary Health Care Research and Development (PHCRED) and the Department of General Practice. This opportunity has enabled the research fellows to work within a 'research rich' academic general practice environment. From here we have learnt the value of research skills, the process of developing and answering a research question and fostering an ongoing interest in research. …

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