Practice Research Nurse

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Job Summary

Nursing Research involves the investigation of nursing problems with the goal of improving the nursing care delivered to clients. The role involves designing, conducting and evaluating nursing research projects, sometimes within a multidisciplinary team, and then promoting the implementation of research findings into clinical nursing practice. The Practice Research Nurse also contributes to the development and delivery of research education programs and supports nurses undertaking research degrees. Research nurses may be involved in the following activities:

  • Developing the study protocol in conjunction with other medical and laboratory staff, including the research questions, tests to be conducted and how the results will be measured. This may also involve contributing to applications for ethics approval to conduct the study
  • Recruiting patients to participate in studies. This includes approaching patients, explaining the purpose of the research and what is involved in participation and gaining informed consent
  • Organising collection and storage of patient samples where appropriate such as blood and tissue samples in compliance with specified guidelines
  • Administering questionnaires, conducting interviews, data entry and analysis
  • Presenting research findings at appropriate venues such as conferences and workshops
  • Attending research meetings with other medical and laboratory staff


Personal Qualities

In addition to high level technical skills, analytical ability and attention to detail research nurses require highly developed interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with members of the research team and research subjects of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. Highly developed written communication skills are essential for writing grant applications, research reports and papers for academic conferences and journals. They also need to exhibit well developed planning and organisational skills, have an ability to prioritise tasks and work effectively independently and as part of a team.

Entrance Requirements

Research Nurses require a degree in Nursing and current registration. Postgraduate qualifications and previous research experience would enhance employment prospects..

Principal Employment Sectors and Industry

Research Nurses work in clinical and research settings including universities, research organisations, laboratories or not-for-profit organisations..