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Postgraduate Course: Nursing Research Practice Attachment (NUST11081)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis nursing research practice attachment is a core course for the MN in Clinical Research. The placement allows the student to build on the research processes and procedures acquired in the previous clinical research practice attachment and experience research directly related to the practice of nursing and normally nurse led. This may be from a wide range of settings: hospital based, University based, community based or in the voluntary sector. Students will gain experience from the range of nursing research activities from establishing a research team, developing ideas and writing proposals addressing funding and ethical issues to data collection and analysis, report writing and presentation. Students will be supported at all times by a practice based mentor and allocated a University based supervisor.

Placements may be in the local Health Boards or may be taken in the locality of a collaborating HEI.

The placement runs from Week 17 ¿ 26 in Semester 2 in the form of two days a week, normally Tuesday and Wednesday totalling 150 hours of practice attachment. The placement experience is supported by regular tutorials which may be on line, face to face, University or placement based and organised with specific, identified links with the core course Research Methods A&B, the production of the Dissertation and the precepts of good clinical practice (GCP). The students have a set of specific process objectives to guide the learning experience and meet the aims of the course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
By the completion of the research practice attachment, the student will have been enabled to:
* Have built on the research processes and procedures acquired in the previous clinical research practice attachment.
* Demonstrate a full understanding of the application of the Competency Framework for Clinical Research Nurses.
* Be critically and well informed about research directly related to the practice of nursing, nurse led and from a wide range of settings.
* Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide range of nursing research activities.
* Demonstrate full understanding of the professional and ethical competencies and responsibilities as a nurse researcher in terms of research subject care, for policy and service and the day to day working of a nursing research team.
* Demonstrate the primacy of communication, leadership, teamwork and decision making.
* Demonstrate what is meant by good clinical practice(GCP) in nursing research.
* Formulate their own area of research enquiry against the acquired critical, theoretical and experiential skills to inform their research dissertation work.
* Critically reflect on the dynamic nature and challenges in undertaking research.
* Demonstrate a commitment to personal and continuing professional development.
Reading List
Allen D Lyne P (2006) The Reality of Nursing Research, politics, practices and processes Routledge Abingdon
Bechhofer F and Paterson L (2000) Principles of research design in the social sciences Routledge: London
Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods. 4th edn. Oxford University Press
Davies MB (2007) Doing a Successful Research Project: using qualitative or quantitative methods Palgrave MacMillan Houndsmills
Gelling L (2011) Competency framework for Clinical Research Nurses RCN London
Gerrish K Lacey A (2010) (eds) The Research Process in Nursing 6th edn Blackwell Oxford
Hackshaw A (2009) A concise guide to clinical trials Blackwell-Wiley
McCormack, B. (2011) Engaged scholarship and research impact: integrating the doing and using of research in practice. Journal of Research in Nursing, 16 (2)111-127
Newell R Burnard P (2006) Research for Evidence-Based Practice Blackwell Oxford
Parahoo K (2006) Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues 2nd Edn. Macmillan, Houndmills
Polit DF Beck CT (2010) Essentials of Nursing Research. Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice 7th Edn Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Philadelphia
Polit, DF Beck CT (2008) Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice 8th edition Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Quality Assurance Agency QAA (2007), Section 9 = Code of Practice for the assurance of academic quality standards in Higher Education Institutions
Rafferty A Traynor M (2002) (eds) Exemplary Research for Nursing and Midwifery. Routledge London
Royal College of Nursing (2009) Research Ethics in Nursing: RCN guidance for nurses. RCN
Saks M Allsop J (2007) Researching Health, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Sage London
Silverman D (2011) Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook, Sage, London
Smith et al (2004) Shaping the facts: Evidence based nursing and health care, London Elsevier
UK Research Integrity Office (2009) Code of Practice for Research: Promoting Good Practice and preventing misconduct UKRIO London
Watson R McKenna H Cowan S Keady J (2008) Nursing Research, Design and Methods Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMs Juliet MacArthur
Course secretaryMr David Morris
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