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NURSING RESEARCH: THE EXPERIENCE OF AN INTRODUCTORY TRAINING MODULE AT THE BAMBINO GESU CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN ROME, ITALY
  1. E Tiozzo1,
  2. B Contoli2,
  3. V DiCiommo2,
  4. L Rava2,
  5. A Tozzi2,
  6. M Cuttini2
  1. 1Structure for Professional Nursing and Technical Development, Continuous Education and Nursing Research, IRCCS Bambino Gesu Hospital, Rome, Italy
  2. 2Epidemiology Unit, IRCCS Bambino Gesu Hospital, Rome, Italy

Abstract

Although their role in research is potentially important, compared to physicians nurses enjoy little opportunities for postgraduate research training.

An introductory module in research methods was implemented by the Office for Nursing Research and the Epidemiology Unit of the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome, Italy. The module was aimed at presenting basic quantitative research methods as a tool for investigating and answering problems arising during paediatric nursing hospital practice. Main teaching methods included teaching by objectives; small-group work; tutoring. The teaching agenda was modelled after the steps necessary for preparing a real research proposal: defining the research question; specifying the target population; identifying variables to be measured; selecting the strategy for data collection, or study design; presenting results of group work to colleagues for plenary discussion. Module duration was 8 hours, divided in 2 morning sessions. There were 4 frontal lectures; each lasted 20 minutes plus discussion. An anonymous self-administered questionnaire was distributed at the end of the module to measure students’ satisfaction and obtain suggestions for future editions.

Twenty-two nurses participated. 19 answered the questionnaire. Only 7 of them had previous research experiences. The most appreciated aspects were group work (53% of respondents), followed by frontal lectures (26%) and tutoring (16%). The least appreciated aspect was insufficient time, particularly for group work; 72% suggested that future editions should last longer; 17% would like to participate in a second-level course; 17 out of 19 students felt they would be proposing a nursing research project in the near future.

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