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Full survey results: How healthy is the state of nursing research?

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Find out the full results of our survey of the views of the nursing profession on career opportunities in clinical research.

Nursing Times surveyed 640-650 nurses between the end of September and early December 2016. It was carried out in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research and Health Education England.

The survey represents the first time in around a decade that Nursing Times has directly asked readers about their involvement and views on research by nurses.

The questions covered a range of issues including how nurses view the importance of nursing research, opportunities and barriers to taking part in clinical research or developing a research career, and what factors would encourage them to take part.

A big thank you to all our readers that took part in the survey. Here are the full results from the survey:

 

 Q1 - How important do you think nurse-led research or research by nurses is to furthering best practice among the profession? %
 Vital  67.90% (442)
 Important  30.26% (197)
 Not important  1.38% (9)
 Don’t know  0.46% (3)

 

 Q2 - How do you think nurse research is perceived compared to medical research? %
 More important  4.75% (31)
 About the same  23.01% (150)
 Less important  72.24% (471)

 

 Q3 - Are you aware of any clinical research - either nursing or medical - going on in your trust or organisation? %
 Yes  55.64% (360)
 No  31.68% (205)
 Don’t know  12.67% (82)

 

 Q4 - Are you aware of anyone within your department/trust/wider NHS environment who has received funding to undertake clinical research? %
 Yes  33.08% (214)
 No  51.62% (334)
 Don’t know  15.30% (99)

 

 Q5 - Have you personally been involved in clinical research in any of the following ways? %
 Recruiting patients  14.29% (92)
 Informing patients about clinical research studies  13.51% (87)
 Managing own research  11.65% (75)
 None of the above  60.56% (390)

 

 Q6 - Have you ever considered conducting your own clinical research? %
 Yes  48.43% (308)
 No  42.14% (268)
 Don’t know  9.43% (60)

 

 Q7 - Have you ever recommended clinical research as a treatment avenue to a patient? %
 Yes  30.58% (196)
 No  64.90% (416)
 Don’t know  4.52% (29)

 

 Q8 - How interested are you in a career that involves clinical research as part of your job? %
 Very interested  38.14% (246)
 Fairly interested  29.77% (192)
 Unsure  17.98% (116)
 Not that interested  9.46% (61)
 Not at all interested  4.65% (30)

 

 Q9 - What would make you more interested in a career involving clinical research? %
 More information  17.55% (113)
 More encouragement and support from my managers  15.22% (98)
 More nurse researcher role models  13.20% (85)
 Research being more visible in my trust  12.58% (81)
 Patient demand  2.33% (15)
 Being informed about the outcomes/results of research studies  7.30% (47)
 More long-term research career opportunities  15.53% (100)
 Nothing would make me more interested  6.83% (44)
 Other (please state)  9.47% (61)

 

 Q10 - If you are interested, have you ever considered developing a career through research? %
 Yes  42.64% (275)
 No  36.90% (238)
 Don’t know  14.88% (96)
 I am not interested in research  5.58% (36)

 

 Q11 - Do you feel there are enough opportunities for nurses to develop a career in clinical research? %
 Yes  11.08% (72)
 No  63.23% (411)
 Don’t know  25.69% (167)

 

 Q12 - What do you think are the biggest barriers to nurses getting involved in clinical research? (Please rank in order, starting with yourbiggest barrier at the top) %
 Lack of time  39.49% (233)
 Lack of staff cover  11.36% (67)
 Lack of opportunity  9.83% (58)
 Lack of encouragement  3.73% (22)
 Lack of support from managers  6.95% (41)
 Lack of long-term research career opportunities  8.31% (49)
 Lack of role models  3.22% (19)
 Lack of information on opportunities  17.12 (101)

 

 Q13 - Would you be interested in finding out more about the opportunities to get involved in clinical research? %
 Yes  74.41% (474)
 No  25.59% (163)

 

 Q14 - Where would you normally go for more information about developing a career in clinical research? %
 Via my manager  9.02% (58)
 Through Trust communications  11.20% (72)
 Via my HR department  1.24% (8)
 By searching online  43.86% (282)
 Through social media  1.56% (10)
 Nursing publications such as The Nursing Times  21.77% (140)
 Other (please state)  11.35% (73)

 

 Q15 - Have you ever heard of NIHR or HEE funding for training and career development of nurses (in relation to academic/researchcareers)? %
 Yes  30.22% (194)
 No  65.58% (421)
 Don’t know  4.21% (27)

 

 Q17 - Are you aware of the benefits of research to patients/staff/your organisation? %
 Yes  74.09% (469)
 No  17.06% (108)
 Don’t know  8.85% (56)

 

 Q18 - Please feel free to comment in more depth on the issue of nurses and careers in research, or state theone thing that could be done that would increase your interest in a careerwhich involved research

 

 Q19 - Which of the following best describes your role? %
 Student nurse  5.75% (37)
 Healthcare assistant  2.02% (13)
 Staff nurse or equivalent  34.21% (220)
 Practice nurse or district nurse  3.27% (21)
 Health visitor or school nurse  2.02% (13)
 Ward sister/charge nurse/team leader  11.98% (77)
 Clinical nurse specialist/nurse practitioner  17.11% (110)
 Matron or other senior nurse manager  5.44% (35)
 Nurse educator/trainer or academic  6.69% (43)
 Director of nursing/chief nurse or deputy  1.24% (8)
 Midwife  1.87% (12)
 Research Nurse  8.40% (54)

 

 Q20 - Which of the following best describes the setting you work in? %
 NHS acute hospital  57.84% (369)
 NHS community services  13.64% (87)
 NHS mental health services  5.64% (36)
 GP surgery or healthcare centre  1.41% (9)
 Nursing or care home  5.17% (33)
 Private hospital or other independent sector setting  6.90% (44)
 Charity/not-for-profit/social enterprise  2.04% (13)
 Clinical commissioning group  0.63% (4)
 University or academia  5.80% (37)
 Government or other national agency  0.94% (6)

 

 Q21 - How old are you? %
 17-25  2.19% (14)
 26-35  12.66% (81)
 36-45  20.63% (132)
 46-55  40.63% (260)
 Over 55  23.91% (153)

 

Q22 - Which country do you work in?  %
 England  91.78% (592)
 Northern Ireland  0.16% (1)
 Scotland  3.57% (23)
 Wales  3.26% (21)
 Overseas  1.24% (8)

 

 Q24 - Do you work full-time or part-time in nursing? %
 Full-time  70.70% (456)
 Part-time  26.05% (168)
 Click to write Choice 3  3.26% (21)

 

 

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