CHALLENGES FOR NURSE EDUCATORS TO PUBLISH THEIR RESEARCH IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS
Keywords:Challenges, Journals, Nurse Educators, Perspectives, Publications, Research
Introduction: Research is a structured process of knowledge generation, which means searching again and again either to confirm the existing knowledge or generate new information. In the health care system, research is the foundation for improving standards for better care. The role of nurses as a researcher in qualitative studies is crucial in maintaining standards toward care. Nursing graduates are expected to do more research work to improve evidence-based practice, thus benefiting patients. It is the responsibility of every nurse to conduct research and motivate others for the same purpose. As a researcher, nurses face numerous issues to participate in clinical research, such as negative attitude toward their personal research skill, lack of time and lack of interest, lack of tools and funds.8 Publication is the process that gives value to the research work and plays a significant role in the development and progress of any occupation, especially nursing.
Material & Methods: A qualitative descriptive study was carried out from April 2022 to September 2022 in three private nursing colleges in Peshawar, Pakistan. Both genders were equally appreciated for their participation. Data collection was carried out through semi-structured interviews using an interview guide. The Braun and Clark 6 step method has been used for thematic analysis. Two researchers independently transcribed and analysed the data, which was verified by researchers who have conducted the interviews.
Results: A total of 25 nurse educators, 13 male and 12 female, participated in the study. Two main themes have been generated: barriers to publication and benefits of publications. Each theme consisted of subthemes and codes which were supported with direct quotes from the participants.
Conclusion: Publishing research work is certainly important for nurse educators in many aspects such as improving basic skills, continuous learning, educational achievements, and career development; however, certain challenges based on individual, organizational, and supervision level limit this process.