Attitude of Student Nurses and Midwives Towards Research: Study of Schools of Nursing and Midwifery Mkar, Gboko Benue State, North Central Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJNR.2015.02.01.Art010

Authors : Emmanuel O Chukwu, Ifeoma S. Nwakanma, Terna M. Fiase, Esther M. Iornengen


The research is a cross-sectional descriptive survey conducted at school of Nursing and Midwifery Mkar, Gboko Benue State, North Central Nigeria to study the attitude of student nurses and midwives towards research study. The specific objectives of the study were: to assess students’ knowledge on importance of research in client care, to determine the attitude of students towards research study, to identify reasons for frequent repetition of some research topics among students and to find out barriers to effective research study among students. The study will help the students to have positive look towards research thereby helping them to develop a positive attitude towards research in order to maintain evidence base practice in Nursing. Simple probability sampling technique was used in selection of samples used for the study. Data were collected from the respondents through self-structured and validated questionnaire. Data obtained were presented and analyzed using frequency distribution table. Based on the findings, all the students are aware of importance of research in client care but attitudes towards research is unfavorable as most of the students believe that research in general is difficult and time consuming, hence their cold attitude towards research. This research also find out that one of the reasons for frequent repetition of some research topics is because of excessive academic workload which leave them with little time for research work. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made: that more time should be allocated for research studies in nursing and midwifery schools, thus helping the students develop interest in research; the students must also change their attitude towards research in order to learn and practice evidence based nursing.


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