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J Nurs Educ. 2009 Mar;48(3):167-70.

The importance of nursing research.

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Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Prevention Institute, HS-1755, Augusta, GA 30912, USA. mtingen@mcg.edu

Abstract

Nursing research has a tremendous influence on current and future professional nursing practice, thus rendering it an essential component of the educational process. This article chronicles the learning experiences of two undergraduate nursing students who were provided with the opportunity to become team members in a study funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. The application process, the various learning opportunities and responsibilities performed by the students, and the benefits and outcomes of the experience are described. The authors hope that by sharing their learning experiences, more students will be given similar opportunities using the strategies presented in this article. Nursing research is critical to the nursing profession and is necessary for continuing advancements that promote optimal nursing care.

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19297969
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PMC3677814
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