Nurse Scientist Partnership with Wilmot Cancer Center Drawing More Nurses into Research

  By Dialogue
  Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:33 AM
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In a collaborative effort, Wilmot and the University of Rochester School of Nursing support nurse-initiated research programs through the development of the Oncology Nurse Scientist Partnership. Led by Ph.D.-level nurses with advanced training in research principles and methodology, the Partnership is aimed at advancing oncology research.  The scientists also act as mentors for direct care nurse-led research.

“Despite the increasing numbers of publications, science often fails to translate the research findings into improved patient care,” says KC Clevenger, PhD, RN, BC-PNP, FAAN, Wilmot’s Chief Nursing Officer. “Nurses are in a unique position to bridge this translational gap by combining the profession’s approach of holistic care and research activities.”

Being able to bridge that gap means helping nurses recognize that they are involved in research nearly every day and equipping them to contribute questions and ideas to scientific discussion.

Seeing this need, nurse scientist Jamie Oliva, Ph.D., ANP-BC, BMTCN, assistant professor of clinical nursing at the UR School of Nursing, has developed a research education and training series through the Partnership to help Wilmot nurses understand how to use and manage research and to lead their own projects.

Read the full story in Wilmot Cancer Institute's Dialogue blog.