Research Article Critique

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The objective of this assignment is to critique the research article titled ‘Staff-student relationships and their impact on nursing students’ belongingness and learning’. Polit and Beck (2008) highlighted that there is expectancy on nurses to conduct research in order to base their practice on evidence which has emerged from research. Nurses are expected to use their research findings to make informed decisions and actions with patients. The ultimate goal of research is to develop and expand ones knowledge in any field. The development and use of knowledge is essential in improvement in patient care. Research enables the nurse to explain phenomena and the characteristics of certain situations that need to be considered when planning patient care. A nurse who incorporates research findings into making clinical decisions is being accountable to their patients. Furthermore they are reinforcing nursing as a profession (Polit et al, 2001). Definitions of research are sparse mainly due to authors of research assuming the meaning of research is self-evident. The research process consists of a sequence of steps designed to describe what is known about phenomena in all types of disciplines (Cormack, 2000). Researchers, Title & Journal

This research article was composed by Tracy Levett-Jones MEd and Work PhD RN. Tracey Levett-Jones is Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Newcastle, Australia. Following this is Judith Lathlean BSc MA DPhil, Professor of Health Research, School of Health Sciences, The University of Southampton, UK. The third party involved is Isabel Higgins MN PhD RN, Professor of Nursing (Older Person Acute Care) School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Newcastle, Australia. The final person involved in the study is Margaret McMillan MCurric.Studies PhD RN, Conjoint Professor, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle, Australia. The later three individuals mentioned...
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