Ok, I am having database issues (CK, I'm looking at you) and firewall issues (thanks, IS!), and so perhaps am more testy than usual today, BUT... Yesterday an RN came to me via email and asked for some help. Sure, no problem. And then I read her assignment parameters and  wanted to scream. WHY do nursing instructors do this to bridging RNs and nursing students? Her assignment requires that this be a quantitative, nurse as first author, primary research study published between APRIL 2015 and current date in a nursing journal.
My RN patron, knowing she will have to live with this article for the entire semester (apparently they anatomize it), wants something interesting, preferably in her specialty. But here's the thing: that time frame is SO narrow, it precludes her preferences and she is now "stuck" with an informatics article or a holistic theory instrument development article by an NP.

I've railed against the 5 year "rule" here before, but that looks positively generous compared to this nonsense. Nursing does NOT publish these kinds of studies in any kind of high volume. I searched 3 nursing journals before I found anything, and by that, I mean searched the tables of content. I gave up attempting to wade through PubMed or CINAHL, since all I had were parameters and no subject (her preferred topic was a washout).* When and how can we educate nursing instructors on this topic? I am sure (because this RN said this to me on the phone, as we discussed her needs), that here is yet another RN turned off by research; another one who will now just go through the motions, jump through the hoops, and never think about nursing research again.
It's maddening.

*I'm sure there's probably a "better" way to find these articles. If there is, I don't  know it and I'm happy to learn.

Eleanor Truex BSN, RN, MLIS
Medical Librarian, Lakeshore Region

Saint Francis Hospital
355 Ridge Avenue | Evanston, IL 60202
Office: 847.316.2460

Saint Joseph Hospital
2900 North Lake Shore Drive | Chicago, IL 06057
Office: 773.665.3038

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