Translating research into practice is a challenge for all practitioners. We could call it “research literacy” - ability to obtain, understand, evaluate and use research to make treatment and policy decisions. How can clinician/educators of healthcare professionals enable new clinicians to use research to challenge current practice and provide evidence-based care? How do you implement changes to long standing curricula, evaluation procedures, and teaching methods? How do you capture the richness of diversity and overcome its challenges? Those are questions faculty, staff and students of University of Cape Town School of Nursing have been actively wrestling with in recent years. The questions guide their research which is “relevant to and directly transferable to local and resource-constrained practice settings”.
Learnings to be published soon
I know this because I am guest-editing a special edition the African nursing journal Curationis. This work, like the special edition itself, is an outgrowth of one of my all-time favorite gigs - keynoting the first, totally awesome and inspiring, conference on Building Children’s Nursing for Africa held April,2013. (Consider participating in the second conference April 22-24, 2015.) So I get to read all the articles and shepherd them through the publication process. What an education i am getting! The issue is shaping up nicely. I think it is going to valuable to all nursing and medical educators working with diverse student bodies or training professionals to serve low-resource populations. Stay tuned.