Research Utilization by Undergraduate Students

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In our experience as nurse educators, baccalaureate students, after completing an introductory research course, are not prepared to critique research studies skillfully and determine their potential use in professional practice. Also, staff nurses need help determining the appropriateness of implementing research findings into clinical practice. To remedy this situation, a research utilization component was successfully incorporated into a senior-level clinical course. This approach has implications for improving patient outcomes.

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