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J Adv Nurs. 2016 Apr;72(4):747-53. doi: 10.1111/jan.12881. Epub 2016 Jan 6.

Transforming practice into clinical scholarship.

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1
Georgian College, School of Health and Wellness, Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
2
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

AIM:

The aims of this paper were to explicate clinical scholarship as synonymous with the scholarship of application and to explore the evolution of scholarly practice to clinical scholarship.

BACKGROUND:

Boyer contributed an expanded view of scholarship that recognized various approaches to knowledge production beyond pure research (discovery) to include the scholarship of integration, application and teaching. There is growing interest in using Boyer's framework to advance knowledge production in nursing but the discussion of clinical scholarship in relation to Boyer's framework is sparse.

DESIGN:

Discussion paper.

DATA SOURCES:

Literature from 1983-2015 and Boyer's framework.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:

When clinical scholarship is viewed as a synonym for Boyer's scholarship of application, it can be aligned to this well established framework to support knowledge generated in clinical practice. For instance, applying the three criteria for scholarship (documentation, peer review and dissemination) can ensure that the knowledge produced is rigorous, available for critique and used by others to advance nursing practice and patient care. Understanding the differences between scholarly practice and clinical scholarship can promote the development of clinical scholarship. Supporting clinical leaders to identify issues confronting nursing practice can enable scholarly practice to be transformed into clinical scholarship.

CONCLUSION:

Expanding the understanding of clinical scholarship and linking it to Boyer's scholarship of application can assist nurses to generate knowledge that addresses clinical concerns. Further dialogue about how clinical scholarship can address the theory-practice gap and how publication of clinical scholarship could be expanded given the goals of clinical scholarship is warranted.

KEYWORDS:

evidence based practice; nurse; nursing; practice development; professional development; research dissemination; research in practice

PMID:
26733105
DOI:
10.1111/jan.12881
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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