Preparing Clinical Nurses for Nursing Research: Evaluation of Training Procedures in a Palliative Care Pilot Study

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The importance of academic nurse researchers partnering with clinical nurses for clinical research has been well articulated. A 4-hour training program designed to equip staff nurses to become fully engaged researchers in a palliative care end of life communication-focused research study resulted in enriched human caring skills and professional growth. Results indicate that the training (didactic lecture, group reflection, role-playing) was adequate to prepare the nurses to deliver the study protocol. Relevance for primary investigators, nurses, clinical institutions, those interested in partnered research, and professional growth are discussed.

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