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Building the science of nursing education research.


We made the decision to focus on nursing education research in response to the good news that the science has developed sufficiently for the nursing education scientific community to move from single-site studies to those that address national, and even global, nursing education phenomena.

We are slowly getting the word out about the value of large-scale national studies or, at a minimum, those that go beyond an exploratory nature. And we have been reorienting our authors, our readers, and our reviewers. Of course, change happens gradually. Even though we have changed our desired content focus, many of the manuscripts we publish now were accepted before the change occurred. Thus, as a reader, you may not be fully aware of the difference in our focus until later in 2013.

With our change in orientation, we wanted to be certain to encourage new researchers and new ideas in the field. Thus, we have introduced a Research Briefs section to the journal, edited by Dr. Barbara Patterson, to accommodate single-site and small-scale studies. Some of you, as authors, have already been asked to totally revise your submitted manuscripts to fit the guidelines of this new section. We want to spark enthusiasm for nursing education research among new researchers and graduate students and believe that this new section will accommodate many types of studies.

What can you do as a researcher and prospective author? Please continue to submit manuscripts to Nursing Education Perspectives, but be certain you review the new guidelines for each section, including our long-established Innovation Center. In designing your study, identify the broad problem area, review the literature carefully, and, most important, identify the contribution your proposed work will make to the science of nursing education.

We want to help build the science study by study. Thus, it is important for you to identify how your work builds on prior work and fills a gap in our knowledge. Take time to answer the "so what" question, that is, what difference will your study make in our quest to build the knowledge base? At the same time, the best research is done from the heart, and you must be passionate about your research and the difference it will make. Try to convey that passion in the introductory paragraph of your manuscript. Tell us why your research is important.

Change is everywhere in nursing education, and it is no different at Nursing Education Perspectives. We want your help in growing research and researchers. Our vision includes a commitment to excellence in inquiry and strategic development of the science of nursing education. We want you with us all along the way, in your beginning studies and in your established programs of research.


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Title Annotation:From the Editor
Author:Fitzpatrick, Joyce J.
Publication:Nursing Education Perspectives
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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