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Research in Nursing Education: State of the Science

Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN; Pamela M. Ironside, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF; Angela M. McNelis, PhD, RN, ANEF

  • Journal of Nursing Education
  • September 2012 - Volume 51 · Issue 9: 521-524
  • DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20120820-10

Abstract

The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the educational research currently conducted in U.S. schools of nursing. In this article, we describe the results from a small sample of schools of nursing (N = 21) and report the prevalence, type and level of funding for educational research, perceived barriers to developing and conducting rigorous programs of educational research in nursing, and support required. The respondents reported conducting primarily descriptive studies, most of which were underfunded, as well as a variety of barriers to conducting programs of educational research. The findings from this study provide some initial insights into the state of nursing education science in the United States. Despite the small sample, the findings affirm the paucity of research in nursing education and that the discipline must attend to the developmental needs of nurse researchers who study phenomena related to nursing education.

Dr. Broome is Dean and Distinguished Professor, Dr. Ironside is Professor and Director of the Center for Research in Nursing Education, and Dr. McNelis is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Pamela M. Ironside, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Professor and Director of the Center for Research in Nursing Education, School of Nursing, Indiana University, 1111 Middle Drive, NU 345F, Indianapolis, IN 46202; e-mail: pamirons@iupui.edu.

Received: September 29, 2011
Accepted: May 05, 2012

Posted Online: August 20, 2012

Authors

Dr. Broome is Dean and Distinguished Professor, Dr. Ironside is Professor and Director of the Center for Research in Nursing Education, and Dr. McNelis is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Pamela M. Ironside, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Professor and Director of the Center for Research in Nursing Education, School of Nursing, Indiana University, 1111 Middle Drive, NU 345F, Indianapolis, IN 46202; e-mail: pamirons@iupui.edu.

Received: September 29, 2011
Accepted: May 05, 2012

Posted Online: August 20, 2012

10.3928/01484834-20120820-10

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