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Research in Nursing provides students with the theory and practical examples to understand the research framework in nursing. The research framework introduced in the book has three different intersecting purposes:

  1. to show students how to critically appraise existing research,
  2. to show students how the results of research can be used in clinical practice to inform patient care, and
  3. to conduct their own research.

The fifth edition has an expanded emphasis on the centrality of RESEARCH EVIDENCE to practice, highlighting the use of evidence-based practice in all areas of nursing, as well as the continuing importance of ETHICS in the research process. This edition increases the range of clinical disciplines covered, with the examples, activities and case studies expanded to include MIDWIFERY and PARAMEDIC examples, in addition to the strong existing NURSING focus.

With Search me! Nursing included, this is the most current and up-to-date nursing research resource on the market. Research in Nursing supports instructors as they guide new nursing researchers through the entire research process in a practical and easy to read step-by-step guide.


  • For example boxes showcase examples of research writing to help students to understand research theory in the real world
  • Research Tip boxes in each chapter give students helpful hints on successful research
  • Activity boxes throughout each chapter encourage students to stop and think about what they have just learned
  • Case studies in each chapter engage students with the application of research theory in practice within clinical, academic and work settings
  • End of chapter activities provide students with the tools to test their understanding, including use of the comprehensive Search me! Nursing
  • References and Further Reading sections are provided for more experienced Nursing researchers and students interested in extending their studies
  • Instructor resources including Instructor manual, SearchMe! Nursing activities, a test bank of questions and PowerPoint slides support you in teaching research for nursing students

New to Edition

  • NEW Research framework diagrams added at the beginning of each chapter to show students who are using and appraising research, applying research in practice or conducting their own research.
  • NEW case studies in each chapter demonstrate the applied nature of research theory and help students to see the relevance of research theory to their clinical experience for nursing, midwifery and paramedics students.
  • EXPANDED coverage of Critical appraisal of research and extended coverage of quantitative research methodologies.
  • NEW thoroughly revised and updated examples of research in clinical practice.
  • INCREASED use of visual features to illustrate challenging concepts and easy navigation with the use of NEW icons

About the Authors

Marilyn Richardson-Tench

Dr Marilyn Richardson-Tench holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Adv.Nsg.), a Master of Educational Studies and a Doctoral of Philosophy. She has extensive research experience in Nursing and Bioethics. To date, Dr Richardson-Tench has published 20 refereed journal articles in national and international journals. She has obtained 10 research grants in the past eight years, six as principal researcher. She was recently awarded the inaugural Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. Her research interests include qualitative research methodologies, day surgery, perioperative practice, ethics and management. Marilyn is currently lecturing in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Victoria University and has previously held the position of Postgraduate Coordinator – Research and Higher Degrees at La Trobe University. She is also involved in postgraduate supervision at Victoria University and co-supervises for other universities. Dr Richardson-Tench has been appointed to the Register of Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Experts.

Beverley Taylor

Professor Beverley Joan Taylor (PhD) recently retired from her position as Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Health Care Practices, Southern Cross University, Lismore campus, New South Wales.

Stephen Kermode

Associate Professor Stephen Kermode (PhD) is Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Health Care Practices, Southern Cross University, Lismore campus, New South Wales.

Table of Contents

1. Research in nursing and health
2. Framing the research question
3. Finding and reviewing the literature
4. Critical appraisal of research
5. Developing the research proposal
6. Research methodologies – quantitative
7. Data analysis – quantitative
8. Research methodologies – qualitative
9. Management of qualitative data
10. Mixed methods
11. Interpretation of research findings
12. Disseminating research findings
13. Applying research to practice


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