The positive impact over time of Master’s level education on nurses’ utilization of nursing research-related tasks in clinical practice – A longitudinal cohort study

Connie Berthelsen, Bente Martinsen, Marianne Vamosi

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Abstract

Objective: To describe and compare the development of Master of Science in Nursing graduates’ utilization and improvement of nursing research-related tasks and knowledge in daily clinical practice, six months and twelve months after graduation.

Methods: A longitudinal cohort study of 65 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates from a Danish university was conducted from 2016 to 2017. Data were collected six and twelve months after graduation using a purposive-constructed
questionnaire based on four validated questionnaires. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and STATA software (12.0).

Results: The overall results of the longitudinal cohort study showed a positive impact 12 months after graduation on the MSN graduates’ development and improvement of their utilization of nursing research-related tasks and knowledge in clinical practice. The results also showed a development in the MSN graduates’ employment in academic positions, as well as an increase in the number of hours per week spent on nursing research-related tasks.

Conclusions: Providing nurses with Master’s level knowledge and skills can make a difference for them in clinical practice. However, knowledge is still needed on how the MSN qualification can have an impact on patient care: Future research must focus on practical observations of how the Msn graduates use their academic knowledge and skills to improve patient care, using specific outcomes and observable criteria.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nursing Education and Practice
Volume10
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1-10
ISSN1925-4040
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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