Author(s): SwensonBritt E, Reineck C
BACKGROUND: Translating research into practice is essential to providing care that promotes both cost-efficient and effective health care delivery. Nurses practicing in the intensive care unit are in need of education that can build research self-efficacy and promote understanding and the ability to apply research findings.
METHODS: This pilot study evaluated the Critical Reading of Research Publications Plus course with intensive care unit nurses to determine whether this experience would affect their research self-efficacy. The Nursing Research Self-Efficacy Scale was administered before and after the course.
RESULTS: Paired t tests showed a significant increase on three of the four subscales in research self-efficacy. CONCLUSION: This study shows that using a course along with mentors may increase the research self-efficacy of practicing nurses. Copyright 2009, SLACK Incorporated.Health Care : Current Reviews