3 Skills Sharing workshops in South India, hosted by Global Reserach Nurses' network: Feb - March 2013
In February and March 2013, the Global Research Nurses’ network co-hosted three Skills Sharing workshops and a half day seminar in South India. The purpose of the workshops was to improve nurses’ knowledge and understanding of research, and to encourage networking between research nurses, both locally and through membership of the Global Research Nurses’ network.
Each workshop was arranged in collaboration between the Global Research Nurses’ network and a senior faculty member at each site. At every workshop, local speakers were invited to speak on a range of research topics, and the Global Research Nurse team explained the purpose and benefits of the network.
The first workshop was held in Trivandrum. It was authorised by Mr Sadanandan, the Secretary for Health, Kerala Government and organised by Professor Prasannakumari Y, Deputy Director of Education at the Kerala Government College of Nursing in Trivandrum. The workshop was attended by senior nurses, both faculty from various colleges and nurses in clinical practice, from all over Kerala, all with an interest in research. It took place in the Trivandrum Government College of Nursing and was attended by 83 people. The programme provided the opportunity to discuss research needs and priorities, to learn more about aspects of research methodology and to hear presentations of four completed PhD studies.
The second workshop took place at the Annai JKK Sampoorani Ammal College of Nursing, in Komarapalayam, Tamilnadu. It was authorised by the Director, Mr Munirajahr and arranged by the Dean, Dr Jeyaseelan Devadason. 72 nurses attended from JKK College and from other local Colleges of Nursing. Participants were student nurses either pre-registration students or students taking post graduate degrees. The workshop focused specifically on literature review as an essential skill for research and included popular group work sessions on mind mapping and on critiquing research.
Through networking in Tamilnadu, an opportunity arose to give a half day seminar at Acharya College of Nursing in Bangalore. It was attended by approximately 50 student nurses and the subject was ‘Evidence Based Practice: Implementing Research findings in Nursing.’
The third workshop took place at St John’s Institute College of Nursing in Bangalore. It was arranged through Dr Denis Xavier from the Clinical Research Institute. 30 nurses attended, 15 from clinical practice and 15 post graduate students. During the day there were sessions on research methodology and then an opportunity for group work to discuss why research is important for nursing, and the roles and responsibilities of nurses in research.
At the workshops in India, research nurses and nurses interested in research were able to network, to share ideas and identify needs for support and development. Nurses were encouraged to join the Global Research Nurses’ network, through which they can maintain links and also use resources on the website to further develop their knowledge and skills.
We hope that you are finding the resources on the website useful; and if you would like to co-host the next workshop, please get in touch!
Hii,hope that was a wonderful initiative for promoting research nursing,it will be good if the same of its kind can be scheduled to northern india,like New delhi as there are lots of nurses working over here,so that it will be a real awareness program me for budding nurses as well as senior nurses to expand there curriculum and knowledge.