Workshops and Grant Camps
Research Development Course (3 days)
The Research Development Course introduces the research process to military nurses who are interested in research but need education and mentoring on identifying a research question or planning a research study. The target audience of this course is nurses with limited or no research experience or training who are interested in research; novice nurse scientists with some experience but who have not submitted a grant application; and nurses who have submitted a grant application that needs further development.
Research Grant Camp (5 days)
Research Grant Camp is designed for novice nurse scientists and graduate (master's and doctoral) nursing students who plan to submit a research grant application in response to a TSNRP Call for Proposals. Research Grant Camp features 1) a modest amount of didactic content about grantsmanship, 2) substantial time during which attendees apply the didactic content to continue writing their application on the appropriate grant application forms, and 3) faculty feedback to attendees throughout the course regarding the grant application. Attendees must be prepared to spend a significant amount of time, both before and during Research Grant Camp, preparing and writing their grant application. Given the emphasis on grantsmanship, attendees are expected to arrive with a robust knowledge of the topic they have chosen, the research process, research design and methods, relevant variables and measures, and data analysis. Graduate students should have completed some research, methods, and statistics classes, and, ideally, have selected at least the chairperson of their thesis or dissertation committee. The goal of Research Grant Camp is for attendees to produce a scientifically sound research grant application on a topic that aligns with a research priority of TSNRP, and, if applicable, is acceptable to the chairperson of a doctoral student's thesis or dissertation committee.
Evidence Based Practice Seminars
The Evidence Base Practice (EBP) Seminar provides an overview of the critical need for evidence-based practice to advance nursing practice in military treatment facilities. The seminar provides a hands-on illustration of how to appraise, summarize and translate evidence to support recommendations for quality clinical practice.
During the first two hours an “All Hands” lecture provides the historical evolution of EBP and clarifies difference between research and evidence-based practice. Key implementation components of the EBP process are presented and focus on:
- The EBP paradigm of leadership;
- Importance of EBP to leaders and military treatment facilities;
- Leadership components to facilitate EBP;
- Advocacy for nurses engaged in EBP; and
- Barriers to implementing, supporting or sustaining EBP.
Seating is limited to the capacity of the lecture hall.
Twenty-five individuals, vetted in a competitive application process (based on materials submitted during the registration process), continue for the remainder of the 2-day seminar. Topics include: utilization of evidence hierarchy and grading schema to review, analyze, and synthesize clinical evidence; development or refinement of a PICO (clinical problem) statement; and exploration of EBP models to determine which model may be most appropriate to an identified problem.
Expected outcome: Understanding principles and strategies for implementation of an EBP process
For more information on any of these workshops, including registration information, check the TSNRP Web site for announcements.