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Academic calls for more value to be attached to nursing research

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Nursing in the UK is “guilty” of not evidencing the value of the work it does, delegates at the chief nursing officer for England’s summit heard last week.

Professor Laura Serrant, from the University of Wolverhampton and recently seconded to NHS England to lead the evaluation of the Compassion in Practice strategy, suggested that “few nurses are engaged in developing the evidence to underpin nursing practice”.

“If we look elsewhere, internationally, nurses are driving the evidence base”

Laura Serrant

“Many nurses who work as research nurses are actually doing the research of doctors, not nursing research,” she argued during a session at the CNO summit in Manchester last week. “I feel that is where, as a profession within the UK, we are lagging behind.”

“This is not a phenomenon of nursing, this is a phenomenon of nursing here,” said the professor of community and public health nursing during a conference session titled Defining the evidence base for Compassionate in Practice: The Art and Science of Nursing.

“If we look elsewhere, internationally, nurses are driving the evidence base. Nurses are creating the evidence to underpin their demand for resource, the demand for change, she said.

“We have to be able to evidence the art of science of our work if we’re going to be able to develop as a profession and if we are actually going to prove our worth where it counts,” she concluded.


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