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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 245417, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/245417
Research Article

Leading Change and Advancing Health by Enhancing Nurses' and Midwives' Knowledge, Ability and Confidence to Conduct Research through a Clinical Scholar Program in Western Australia

1School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University, GPO Box UWA 1987, Perth 6845, Australia
2Nursing and Midwifery Executive, Joondalup Health Campus, Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia

Received 19 July 2011; Accepted 10 August 2011

Academic Editors: N. E. Ervin and D. Whitehead

Copyright © 2011 Rose Chapman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper reports on an evaluation of a Clinical Scholar Program initiated at a hospital in Western Australia. The aim of the program was to build the capacity of nurses and midwives to conduct research and evidence-based practice within the hospital. The program was based on a previous program and consisted of six teaching days and four hours per month release for proposal preparation. At the end of the program participants were asked to complete a short anonymous questionnaire. The answers were analysed using standard processes of qualitative analysis. Themes emerging from the data included program strengths, individual gains, ability to conduct research, and areas for improvement. The findings highlighted that, while the participants considered that they were more knowledgeable and confident to conduct research, they still required support. The Clinical Scholar Program has provided a way to increase the capacity of clinicians to participate in research activities.