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Understanding Research for Nursing Students

Understanding Research for Nursing Students

Second Edition

168 pages | Learning Matters
Right from the start of their nursing programme it is crucial for nursing students to be able to understand and evaluate current research to support their learning. This book helps students recognise what good research is by providing an introductory guide to the main research methodologies used in nursing. It simplifies complex terminology and puts research into context for nursing students, with clear examples and case studies. The second edition of this popular book includes a new chapter explaining the different ways students use research during their programme and in practice, guidance on critiquing research and literature reviews, new case studies from each field of practice, a clearer colour text design and a website with downloadable materials for lecturers to use to support their teaching.
Introducing Research
Overview of Qualitative Methodologies
Data Collection Methods and Analysis in Qualitative Research
Overview of Quantitative Methodologies
Data Collection Methods and Analysis in Quantitative Research
Multiple Methods, Evaluation and Action Research
Using Research


This text is a useful companion for the students as they develop through the programme. The chapters are supported by useful references and web links for them to further develop their reading. It is very readable and students will be able to dip in and out in relation to their assignment, practice placement or issue of interest.

Caroline E Gibson
Professional Lead – Nursing, Division of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

A well written and well presented book that I believe will be of help to any student using it to assist in their understanding of research. This book is something completely different. It provides an excellent insight into research. It covers a broad range of research methodologies and methods and is a good introductory text regarding the key concepts involved in nursing research... I believe that this would be of great help to all nursing students looking at research. It wouldn’t be out of place in the lecturer’s bookcase and I would suggest that more seasoned professionals completing research could benefit from having a copy.

Paul Watson, Head of Child Development, Marshland High School.

Easy to use in its application to practice, recommended to Undergraduate Nursing students for Research Methods

Miss Leanne Smith
Health and Social Care at Derby, Derby University
July 7, 2015

a more focussed text on research that nursing students would find very helpful

Mr David Atkinson
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
June 23, 2015

It is a useful instructional tool for research students

Mrs Ness Woodcock-Dennis
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
June 1, 2015

A sound text that uses a straightforward approach support the students' understanding of research.

It comes highly recommended as supplementary reading for the majority of students undertaking their dissertation, whilst serving as the primary text for students developing an understanding of research in the first and second years of study. .

Mrs Haz Hughes
May 22, 2015

Students feedback it is useful and helped with their critique and proposal submissions

Ms Georgie Cox
School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
April 16, 2015

Excellent - this has been ordered by students and LRC

Care Childhood Studies and Education, Bridgend College
February 11, 2015

I have found this book invaluable for my student nurses and highly recommend it to help with their research module.

Mrs Debbie Watkinson
Nursing, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Derby University
January 22, 2015

This text was helpful in guiding students to complete their classroom assignments in a structured manner.

Mrs Janet Macfarlane
Higher Education, Accrington & Rossendale College
December 19, 2014

Peter Ellis

Peter Ellis is an independent nursing and health and social care writer and consultant, and CEO of Intelligent Care Software. Peter was most recently a Registered Manager and Nursing Director in the Hospice and social care settings. Prior to this, he was a senior lecturer and programme director at Canterbury Christ Church University where he taught understanding research, among other topics, to undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students. Peter is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and has a special interest, including ongoing research, in palliative and end-of-life care.  More About Author