Moving research into practice.
The nursing research section met in Wellington in November to plan for the year ahead. We are pleased the remit we submitted to the August NZNO AGM was passed. This aims to strengthen the professional voice within NZNO. The remit outlined a bottom-up approach, using electronic communication means, for college and section members to ask questions, seek advice and keep informed.
We are already planning our next conference, scheduled to be held in Nelson on November 23 and 24, 2012. The theme "Walking the Talk" will look at ways to move research into practice, clinical evidence into improvements in care, and using research for health gain. We are also liaising with undergraduate tertiary institutions to develop a student poster competition as part of the conference. Further details will be posted on our website shortly.
The committee has kept up-to-date with the recent recommendations and responses to the government regarding proposed changes to the clinical trials environment. There are significant implications in these changes around how health and disability ethics committees will function. These committees will be charged with only reviewing the ethics of research applications. Locality assessments, Maori consultation and indemnity cover will become the responsibility of researchers. This will have knockon effects for district health boards to ensure they have robust processes in place for all types of research.
Late 2010, the research section welcomed clinical trials research nurses into the section. This year we have been approached to consider where clinical nurse educators and nursing lecturers could fit. There is an increased emphasis in the tertiary sector for staff to be research-active and clinical nurse educators are required to keep up with best practice. We would welcome our education colleagues to strengthen ties and be supported by the nursing research section.