Trained to make detailed observations, nurses can be exceptional researchers. Because they are at the forefront of patient care, nurses are in a unique position to impact the delivery of effective, efficient, high quality care through research.
The Akron Children’s Hospital Center for Nursing Research advances nursing knowledge and develops evidence-based, patient-centered best practices by providing mentors who support nurses in the design and implementation of research studies.
To foster clinical inquiry, methods and coaching are tailored to each nurse’s needs, whether they are a research novice or expert. The center also provides educational experiences to enrich nurses’ understanding of scientific inquiry.
Established in 2009, Akron Children’s Nurse Scholar Program motivates and prepares nurses to contribute to the hospital’s research mission while enhancing their own career growth.
Aris Eliades, PhD, RN, CNS, associate director of the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute and director of Nursing Research, guides nurse scholars in all phases of research – from study design through dissemination of findings. Through their discoveries and innovations, nurse scholars gain knowledge and contribute to the growth of nursing science.
Akron Children’s 2011 nurse scholars conducted studies on a wide range of topics:
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