◾Research is a systematic investigation to discover facts or collect
information. It is a scientific process with variable results. Research
findings answer questions based on facts. Now a days, there is a
demand for research in each and every field. Nursing research also
plays a vital role in the education of nurses.
NEED FOR RESEARCH IN NURSING
◾ To mould the attitudes, intellectual competence and technical skills of nurses.
◾ To fill in the gaps in knowledge and practise.
◾ To foster commitment and accountability.
◾ To provide basis for professionalism.
◾ To identify the role of nurses in changing society.
◾ To discover new measures for nursing practise.
◾ To help to take prompt decisions in administration-related problems.
◾ To help to improve the standards in nursing education.
◾ To refine the existing theories and discover new ones
PURPOSES OF RESEARCH IN NURSING
◾ Identification and description: In this, the researcher observes and classifies
◾ Exploration: The researcher investigates the full nature of the phenomenon.
◾ Explanation: The goal of explanatory research is to understand the
underpinnings of specific phenomena and to explain systematic relationships
◾ Prediction and control: The researcher makes predictions and control
phenomena based on research findings even in the absence of complete
◾ To identify areas of nursing where research is needed.
◾ To collaborate intelligently with researchers.
◾ To discuss with patients any research in which they are being asked to
◾ To use research findings as a basis for teaching.
◾ To plan and supervise students project Work in a way which will help the
students to develop thinking, questioning, observing and analysing
◾ To obtain information about resources (financial, human, mechanical, etc.).
◾ To monitor the progress of research project.
PREPARATION AND PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
◾ Researchers are not born'; they learn the development of skills.
◾ Training: Any intellectual nurse can go into research because nurses have
been trained to be sharp observers in designing studies, selecting appropriate
techniques, analysing data, reporting the findings, judging and making
decisions and applying the findings in the work situation.
◾ Other disciplines: Nurse educators must select the best that other disciplines
have to offer and then apply these learnings in practise. Doctoral studies by
nurses provide varied information. Findings of the student doctorates can be
published and shared with others who could benefit from them.
◾ student nurse: A beginner student in nursing is academically prepared to learn
the basic methodology and technologies of research.
◾ A nurse who is well prepared to conduct research always has need of other
individuals or groups with similar preparation for identification and feedback.
◾ Colleges of nursing offer research methodology at different levels in a
graduate programme.They have adequate knowledge and skill as they have
attached from their previous educational preparation included in their
◾ The word publication means the act publishing and it also means any writing
of which copies are published or any website.
◾ Publications are distribution of copies to the general public with the consent
of the author .
TYPES OF JOURNALS
◾ Open access: Open access journals are scholarly and are available to readers
without financial or other barriers other than access to the Internet itself.
Some are subsidized, and some require payment of behalf of the author.
Subsidized journals are financed by an academic institution or a government
◾ Public journal: A public journal is a record of day by day events in a
parliament or congressIt also called minutes or records.
◾ Business Journals: Business journals are those books in which transactions are
entered the first time they are processed.
GUIDELINES FOR WRITING IN JOURNALS AND NEWSPAPERS
◾ The article should original, should not have been published nor sent for
publication anywhere else. A certificate to this effect, duly signed by the author,
must be attached /enclosed along with the article.
◾ The heading of the article must be typed along with author’s name and official
title which are meant for publication.
◾ Each page of the article should be numbered starting with page one.
◾ The article should not be too long, it should not contain more than 3,000 words.
Edit your article and reduce it to the requisite length before sending it for
publication. The ideal length is 3,000 words.
◾ Send only one article at a time a subsequent article should be sent only after
the earlier article has been published.
◾ The person sending the abstract must give the name of his/her guide if
he/she is a student and the study must forwarded by the principal.
◾ Thee research abstract must be submitted in not more than 200 words,
◾ The original research papers are published under this section. The maximum
word limit for research articles is 3,000 words including references and
abstract). The abstract has to be Research Articles Original qualitative research
papers are structured and should not exceed 200 words.
Format for Research Abstract
◾ Statement of problem.
◾ Background of the study
◾ Relevant literature review
◾ Findings (in detail)
◾ Conceptual framework that may be needed
SOME MAJOR INDIAN JOURNALS IN THE FIELD OF NURSING
◾ Nightingale nurse times
◾ Indian journal of surgical nursing
◾ Indain journal of medical surgical nursing (IJMSN)
◾ Indian journal of psychiatric nursing
◾ Journal of nursing research society of India
◾ Nursing trends
◾ Asian journal of cardiovascular nursing
◾ Indian journal of holistic Nursing
◾ Registration in the SNC is very important for every nurse. Registration councils
are functioning in all the states of India and are affiliated to the INC. Each
state nurse registration council maintains a register of names of professional
nurses. Nursing councils or associations support the personal and professional
development of nursing, which encourages professional activities like research