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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2013, Article ID 709025, 8 pages
Research Article

Developing a Culture to Facilitate Research Capacity Building for Clinical Nurse Consultants in Generalist Paediatric Practice

1Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Family and Community Health Research Group (FaCH), School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, (UWS) and Conjoint Appointment with Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD), Australia
2Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Nepean Hospital, P.O. Box 63, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
3Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Nepean Hospital, School of Nursing and Midwifery/UWS & NBMLHD, P.O. Box 63, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
4Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant, Western Sydney Local Health District/NSW Child Heath Network, Paediatric Unit Mt Druitt Hospital, Australia

Received 17 February 2013; Revised 28 May 2013; Accepted 11 June 2013

Academic Editor: Linda Moneyham

Copyright © 2013 Lesley Wilkes 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.


This paper reports a research capacity building exercise with a group of CNCs practicing in the speciality of paediatrics in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It explores the first step in building a research culture, through identifying the research priorities of members of the NSW Child Health Networks Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant group, and this forms the major focus of this paper. A nominal group technique (NGT) was utilised with sixteen members to identify research topics for investigation which were considered a priority for improving children's health care. The group reviewed and prioritised 43 research topics in children's health which were identified in the literature. As a result of conducting this research prioritisation exercise, the group chose two research topics to investigate: reasons for children representing to the Emergency Department and a comparison of the use of high-flow and low-flow nasal prongs in children with bronchiolitis. The research team will continue to mentor the nurses throughout their research projects which resulted from the NGT. One bridge to leadership development in enhancing patient care is translating knowledge to practice and policy development. This study leads the way for a group of CNCs in paediatric nursing to combine their research capacity and influence clinical knowledge.