Research for academic credit in the healthcare workplace
Employees in hospitals and other healthcare settings are increasingly returning to school to obtain advanced degrees. In addition to course papers, graduate programs often require a thesis or major paper; not surprisingly, students often look for projects where they can collect needed data quickly and easily. They may even desire to have a project address a job requirement and an academic requirement at the same time. This article reviews the potential advantages and pitfalls of conducting a school project in one's own workplace and offers suggestions for students, faculty, and managers when this occurs. (See Table 1.