This paper evaluates third year student
nurses’ attitude towards research at Ndola school of nursing. Research has been
described as a keystone of service delivery. What is the attitude of student
nurses towards research?
Methodology: A non-experimental
descriptive cross section study conducted among all (43) third year student
nurses between 26th march and 8th April 2015. Convenient
sampling was done. Semi-structured questionnaire used. Qualitative and
quantitative data analyzed through Content analysis and Epi-data version 3.
Results: Eighty-six percent of the
respondents were females, while 14% were males and 65.9% were aged 18-30 years.
Findings revealed that 55% don’t like research and 72.7% had poor attitude.
Problems encountered comprised; time consuming 57%, don’t know methodology 18%,
difficult 16%, expensive 7% and 2% lacked interest. Additionally, 68% of
respondents would conduct own research and 91% would utilize other people’s
findings. However, 75% have never read a scientific journal. Suggestions are:
allocation of more time, simply the content, introduce at degree level, improve
access to computers and library at 47.7%,27.2%,13.6%, 6.8% and 4.5%
Discussion: Over 50% of respondents were
uninterested in research due to factors like time consuming and minimal
knowledge on methodology and poor attitude. However, they showed interest to
conduct research at a later stage in their career. Therefore, there is need to
employ social marketing strategies in research using public health
Conclusion: Student nurses lack interest
in research and their attitude is influenced by problems encountered, which
should be changed through social marketing of research.
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