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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 185-191

A cross-sectional survey on nursing students' attitude towards research

1 Department of Pediatrics, King Abdul Aziz Hospital, College of Nursing-A, King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences; Dean, College of Nursing-A, King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences, Al-Ahsa, KSA
2 Department of Pediatrics, King Abdul Aziz Hospital, College of Nursing-A, King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences, Al-Ahsa, KSA

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Samia Saud Al Furaikh
Dean, College of Nursing-Al Ahsa, King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) National Guard Health Affairs ER, P.O. Box 2477, Al-Ahsa 31982
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DOI: 10.4103/jhs.JHS_36_17

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Background: Nursing research promotes optimum care for patients through evidence-based nursing practice. Students' attitude towards research motivates them to engage in research, develop research skills and apply research findings in clinical settings to promote positive patient outcome. Aim: The aim of this study is to analyse the attitudes of undergraduate nursing students towards research component in order to discover implications for the best practices in teaching/learning process. Materials and Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional investigation was carried out with purposively selected n = 186, level 5–8 students at the College of Nursing-A, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Al-Ahsa from 2016 to 2107. With informed, voluntary consent, data on students' attitudes towards research were collected using a self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of 32 items on a Likert scale of strongly agree (4) to strongly disagree (1) with the scores ranging from 32 to 128. Analyses were performed using SPSS version 20. Results: The overall attitude towards research was positive with a mean score (68.4 ± 6.580). Most of the students (78%) regarded that research is useful for the nursing profession. Positive attitude towards research was demonstrated by 68% of the nursing students, 61% reported that research plays an important role in professional and personal life, whereas the highest proportion of students (71%) perceived research as a difficult, complicated, stressful subject and 64% reported statistical difficulty. Conclusion: Although many of the students have a favourable attitude towards the research process and acknowledge its usefulness and benefit to the nursing profession, many of them perceived their research course as stressful. Most of them reported having negative feelings and anxiety towards the research process. Incorporating research course(s) into the curriculum at the pre-university level and having a statistical expert from the research centre teach learning strategies, would yield more positive experiences for students.

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