Research & Development Domain

Donna McConnell, Nurse Lecturer – Research Focus, Ulster University, View the video here

Research and evidence based practice is vital to the delivery of safe effective person centred care. All  Nursing practice must be based on a reliable evidence base coupled with sound clinical judgement along with the needs and preferences of individual patients.

Emergency Nurses can make a huge difference to the quality of patient and client care by integrating research and development activity into their professional role. Within the Emergency Department, Emergency Nurses have opportunities to be involved in research at many different levels including audit of practice, action research and quality improvement to enhance patient care.

Nursing research expands the evidence base and improves clinical practice, and can be a rewarding experience for both nurses and participating patients. Whilst currently there are no specific Emergency Care Nursing Research posts in Northern Ireland, as a professional group, Emergency Nurses acknowledge the need to build capacity for research and development at all levels and in every setting across Emergency Departments.

Further information on research and development within your Trust can be accessed through your local Research and Development Team.

View the video from a Nurse Lecturer describing how research/evidence based practice  informs curriculum planning, programme content and teaching activities.