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Nurses, students and researchers spend valuable time searching the internet for resources to support and guide their work. Some are looking to learn more about research methods, some are searching for networking opportunities and others are seeking sources of funding.
There is a considerable volume of information on the internet but it can be difficult to find reliable online sources. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) research web pages, managed by the RCN's innovation and research team, aim to provide a comprehensive online resource for nurses. These pages are updated regularly to stay relevant to the needs of those involved in research or seeking support for their studies.
The RCN's research web pages include 1,186 individual pages with 1,106 downloadable files, which last year received more than 1.3 million hits. Some of the most accessed pages include the one on 'Academic research interests', which aims to enable greater collaboration between clinicians, managers, researchers and policy-makers by making this information accessible through a searchable database.
The 'Database of postgraduate research training opportunities' aims to make it easy for prospective students to identify suitable options, and the page on 'Research networks (methodologies)' provides information about particular research methodologies.
But which are the most downloaded documents on the site? The third most downloaded document, with 5,201 downloads last year, was the conference programme for the RCN's 2011 Annual International Nursing Research Conference.
With 11,015 downloads, the second most downloaded document was the RCN Research Society's guidance on 'Research ethics'. But by far the most downloaded document, with 41,664 downloads, was the RCN Research Society's guidance on 'Informed consent'.
The research and innovation team's weekly research e-bulletin is another useful resource. It provides a brief update on additions to the web pages and other research resources. Each week it is sent to approximately 4,000 recipients worldwide with the top subscribers being in the UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.
The RCN's research pages aim to offer a valuable online resource for all those involved in carrying out nursing research.
Letter | July 2012 | Volume 19 | Number 4