Making research count.
Subject: Trade and professional associations (Services)
Nursing (Research)
Nursing (Management)
Author: Gibbons, Veronique
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics; 360 Services information Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 257674938

NZNA's nursing research section began and developed in the decade 1968-1978. Its formation and development closely aligned with the discussions of the time to move nursing education from hospitals to tertiary education providers. In addition, the establishment of the Nursing Education and Research Fund (NERF) in 1968 marked the beginning of the infrastructure required to support a nursing research agenda. (1)

NZNO's nursing research section has moved on from those years. The eight members of the national committee now find ourselves championing the wider role of research carried out by nurses for nurses, for the profession and for the population cared for by nurses. In this way, we remain closely aligned with the vision of NERF which supports this work through grants and scholarships.

I was appointed chair fairly recently (mid-February) by default. Our elected chair Lorraine Ritchie has taken a year out to complete her PhD and has Let go of the reins. Incoming chair Heather Byrne then surprised us by moving countries and I was asked to step into the role. Having just completed my doctoral thesis, I said "Sure!"

We have some great plans ahead for the section. Our next conference will now take place around May next year. We will be focusing on research that is practical ie research that may change practice or may result in changes to patient care. We aim to present research that is evidence-based and makes a difference. We have a cool title (not yet ready for publication) and are Looking at innovative ways at getting you to think of how research can count. I can't say any more for now but I for one am Looking forward to the conference dinner!

We are also looking at ways in which we can make nurses' lives easier when they start on the research road. We are doing this through our website, which needs updating. We hope to announce the changes through our next newsletter, due out this month. I would also Like to remind college and section members about NZNO's nursing research database, managed by the research section. We urge nurses to use the database and to send details of their research to be included on it. Further information about this can be found at nursing research /nrs_research_database.

Research section survey

College and section members may have recently received a survey to complete - this was an initiative of the research section committee. The survey consisted of 12 questions covering such issues as improving communication between colleges and sections, strengthening NZNO's professional voice, NZNO Leadership and structures. We had a very good response to the emailed survey. Results, now being collated, will assist us in the drafting of any remits for this years NZNO conference. If you did not have time to flu in the survey, you can still get in touch--we want to hear from you. You can email me on


(1) Litchfie[d, M. (200g) To Advance Health Care. The origins of nursing research in New Zealand. Wellington: NZNO.

Report by section chair Veronique Gibbons
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