Have you ever wished to put your nursing degree to used to have a more significant impact on the world? The importance of providing patient care at the bedside is critical, and it is changing the world one life at a time. However, what if you could improve the world in a different way than you are now doing? In nursing, there are a plethora of specialties in which you may truly improve your nursing practice and concentrate in a field in which you are interested. Have you ever considered pursuing a career in the field of nursing research? If you had the opportunity to put your nursing expertise to work improving nursing research through research nursing, would you take it?

What is Nursing Research, and how does it differ from other types of research?

As defined by Wikipedia, "Nursing research is a study that produces evidence that is used to support nursing practices." Since the time of Florence Nightingale, nursing has evolved into an evidence-based field of practice, which has continued to this day, with many nurses today working as researchers in universities as well as in the health care setting.”

Is a Bachelor's Degree Required for a Career in Research Nursing?

The term "research nursing" refers to the role of a nurse scientist, and there is specific training available to assist you in making the move to this nursing career track. You will work as a nurse investigator, assisting in the improvement of nursing and scientific knowledge and practice. Universities, medical institutes, and even pharmaceutical firms can provide you with specialized training in this subject matter. 

Many nurses pursue post-doctoral studies in a specialty linked to nursing research after completing their doctorate. There are also online programs available for research nurses who are just starting in their careers. Visit the National Institute of Nursing Research to learn more about training in nursing research and how to apply. You might also consider obtaining a qualification as a clinical research assistant. At the end of this article, you will find further information about nurse researcher education.

Salary of a Nurse Researcher

How much money can I make in nursing research? That is a question you may be asking yourself. While making a lot of money should not be your primary aim in research nursing, it is an interesting issue to consider. According to Explore Health Careers, you may expect to earn between $90-100k per year and have a promising future in the field of medicine.

Where Can a Research Nurse Find Employment?

For research nursing, you will have a wide range of options when it comes to job locations. A laboratory, a hospital, a university, a research organization, a pharmaceutical firm, or another private enterprise may be an option for you. In most cases, the setting in which you will be working will be determined by the sort of study you wish to do. It is important to remember that government funds are frequently used to support research and that each project is typically limited in terms of the period of time it may be carried out. If you are the type of person who likes to switch up what they are working on every few years, this could be a wonderful choice for you to consider. Learn more about clinical research nursing by visiting the website.

When it comes to research nursing, what kind of skills are required?

To be successful as a nurse researcher, you must be proficient in the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Writing a Grant
  • Data Collection and Calculation 
  • Data Entry Questioning
  • Analytical Reasoning, Writing, and Public Speaking
  • Networking

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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