Title: Nursing Research. An Introduction (second edition)
Authors: Pam Moule and Margaret Goodman
Publisher: Sage Publications ltd
Reviewer: Kim Shrieves. BSc (hons) child health nursing. RN (Child). Band 6 paediatric research nurse.
What was it like?
This textbook is a comprehensive guide introducing the novice nurse researcher to some of the main techniques and skills necessary to understand and carry out nursing research. It’s 29 chapters cover key aspects of nursing research introducing the reader to the research design, process, dissemination and implementation.
Initially, it describes how research fits into nursing knowledge and practice development, emphasising the need for evidence-based practice. The remainder of the book is straightforwardly structured to follow the research process as it would be undertaken by nurse researchers including aspects of importance such as research governance and ethics and maintaining quality.
What were the highlights?
The main highlight is that this textbook has a strong focus on practical application with clinical research examples and insights presented in an informative way to assist and support the reader in obtaining the knowledge and skills required to appreciate and undertake nursing research. It offers practical advice on undertaking literature search, reviewing and development of critical appraisal skills, and provides guidance on and examples of how to develop a research proposal. Additionally, it includes practical sections on report writing, conference presentation and writing for publication as means of dissemination and discusses how research findings might be used to support nursing practice.
To further assist nurse researchers in research understanding skills, the companion website gives free access to journal articles of relevance and flashcards to aid memory of key terms, as well as resources to help lecturers on research courses.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This book is structured systematically and clearly allowing the reader to delve in and out of the chapters as needed and referring you to other relevant chapters as appropriate. Each chapter uses learning outcomes to guide you through the content, references and up to date examples of research in action illustrates how it works in practice as well as a summary to compliment the content, for increased clarity assisting the reader to better understand the information being presented and remind about the keys points presented. Additionally, reflective exercises give the opportunity to critically engage with the discussion and further your understanding. Finally, this book includes a comprehensive glossary and it stimulates further reading by including references, key documents and websites for further focussed reading.
Who should read it?
This book would be of value to student nurses (undergraduate and postgraduate) and all new nurse researchers as a guide to lead them through developing a research proposal, or as an aid to stimulate engagement with research through the ability to critically appraise and use research in practice.