Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Nursing Education as a Respected Area of Research

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Nursing Education as a Respected Area of Research

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In the not too distant past, research on ethnic minority clients (persons, families, communities, students, faculty members, etc.) was considered not worthy of tenure consideration. This meant that if you conducted research in an area related to the health care of any ethnic minority group, your portfolio was considered sorely lacking in respectable research efforts. In effect, it was not really considered research in it finest interpretation.

All of this changed, however, when large sums of federal monies became attached to research projects related specifically to minority research, and the health care of minority clients was put on the national agenda by the surgeon general. With this new agenda item and monies attached, attitudes of majority nurse researchers changed overnight and almost immediately research on minority clients was viewed as acceptable research now worthy of tenure consideration.

What made the difference in attitude in such a short period of time - money, of course. The quick turn around in those who control tenure decisions make you wonder about the ethical values of this whole cadre of intellectuals. If you truly believe something, no amount of money should influence your decision - at least, that is my humble opinion.

A few weeks ago, I talked at length to a faculty member who had just recently received her doctorate in nursing science. Her comments brought to mind the value we as nurses place on certain research. Just as research on ethnic minorities was not considered valid research, it seems that in today's academy, research on educational issues is not considered worthy. Based on my soliloquy above, there must not be any significant amount of funds attached to educational research. …

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