Step 1 towards “a centre of research excellence for rural nursing”

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Teaching and research (TR) nurse academics in the School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences (SNPHS) have a history of undertaking a wide range of research activities across the Charles Sturt University (CSU) footprint. Nursing academics are located on six of the CSU campuses, each of which services a different rural area. This creates a unique and complex research environment and provides many opportunities for research connection and collaboration with local communities and a range of industry stakeholders.
In line with CSU’s reinvigorated research strategy (CSU, 2022) this project funded by the Faculty of Science and Health aimed to:
• Gain clarity and focus regarding the current state of nurse-led research within the SNPHS;
• Conduct a series of consultations with current research active academics to explore ideas/opportunities/capacity to make an active contribution to the potential development of a Centre for Excellence in Rural Nursing.
Review of data for the period 2020-2022 extracted from CSU staff profiles, the Research Portal, Research Productivity Index, Research Master and individual interviews enabled the identification of the following four key research areas that represent nursing research for SNPHS:
• Keeping rural communities healthy across the lifespan
• Strengthening the rural nursing workforce
• First Nations communities
• Professional education and translation to practice
The report includes a profile of nurse-led research activity, interests, publications, and research funding; a summary of the barriers and enablers to conducting research within the SNPHS as identified by TR nurse academics and perspectives regarding a potential Centre for Excellence in Nursing Research.
Recommendations arising from this project focus on actions that ensure that the proposed centre is led by experienced researchers and all research activities are informed by the needs and priorities of the rural communities. All research activities undertaken need to include the development of actionable recommendations and policies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherCharles Sturt University
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


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