The overall aim of this project is to enhance the research alliance between partner hospitals and HEIs, to raise the profile of research in nursing and thus improve patient outcomes. This project aims also to encourage such alliances across Europe via freely available learning programme and a guidance document on developing Nursing research as example of good practice of the knowledge triangle implementation in nursing research development.

The project has 5 objectives, modified from CMFT, 2015:
1. to build infrastructure with research leadership that will support a research active environment

  • Study & analyse nursing work environment and enablers/barriers in facilitating nurses to do research
  • Develop, nurture & sustain a Nurse researcher role
  • Identify research mentors within the hospitals & linked HEIs to support researchers.
  • To set up nursing research groups that could strengthen links with other research networks

2. to improve access to research training & support opportunities (developing);
A significant barrier to nurses generating research is a perceived lack of knowledge and skills.

  • Developing innovative online learning programme that address skills/ knowledge deficit in research (Potential researchers who could participate in research group will be identified via such education).
  • Provide access to research training programme and learning materials (within accredited nursing postgraduate courses in HEI or as continuing lifelong education provided by HEIs, freely available learning materials on WordPress and learning programme on EDU2.0 platform)
  • Setting up journal clubs in hospitals to facilitate critical thinking, appraisal and learning around research.
  • Identify research mentors within hospitals and HEIs to support researchers (e.g. teachers, PhD students).
  • Encouraging the increase in numbers of RNs on postgraduate programmes which provide research training - RN who finish our programme within a continuing education, will be awarded ECTS (by HEI who will provide this training)

3. to identify research priorities in practice and link in with HEI to address them jointly - such knowledge exchange and discussion will create new knowledge and conditions to make practice improvements

4. to encourage intra-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary & inter-agency research collaborations (research group establishment; journal clubs); In contemporary healthcare such research collaborations are crucial. The aim is to promote nursing research but they must link with the inter-disciplinary research landscape.

5. to raise the profile of research conducted by nurses to internal and external organisations by encouraging nurses to submit abstracts to conferences and to develop skills and confidence in writing abstracts and presenting at conferences.