Original Research

Barriers and enablers to scholarship for post basic nursing students in clinical service

Jean-Paul Almaze, Waheedha Emmamally, Petra Brysiewicz
Curationis | Vol 46, No 1 | a2385 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v46i1.2385 | © 2023 Jean-Paul Almaze, Waheedha Emmamally, Petra Brysiewicz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 July 2022 | Published: 22 June 2023

About the author(s)

Jean-Paul Almaze, School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Waheedha Emmamally, School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Petra Brysiewicz, School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Clinical scholarship is defined as an approach that enables evidence-based nursing and the development of best practices to meet the needs of clients efficiently and effectively. However, there are many barriers that impede its progress.

Objective: This study aimed to identify the barriers and enablers to scholarship for post basic nursing students in clinical service areas.

Method: This multimethods study used a structured questionnaire followed by semi-structured individual interviews of post basic nursing students and their lecturers (nurse educators).

Results: The 81 students who completed the questionnaire indicated a lack of support or funding assistance and mentoring, as well as no mechanisms to reward or recognise scholarship as top barriers to clinical scholarship. Top enablers were noticed as reward mechanisms in place, more protected time and availability of role models and mentoring. Twelve respondents engaged in the qualitative phase and three categories emerged from the data, namely (1) resource dependent, (2) ‘what’s the use of research’, (3) making a change.

Conclusion: It has been shown that there is a need to adopt and promote a culture of clinical scholarship to ensure that the best available evidence is being utilised by nurses to effectively manage their patients; however, to support clinical scholarship, resources are needed.

Contribution: This study highlighted the lack of funding and resources as being a major barrier to scholarship, together with an institutional culture that did not promote clinical scholarship. Providing protected time, mentoring and criteria for promotion and reward based on scholarship is viewed as enabling.


Keywords

clinical scholarship; scholarship; clinical nurse; student nurse; clinical setting.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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