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Research Internship

The Research Internship is a 9 month educational experience designed to expose nurses to research and evidence-based practice (EBP) principles and provide them with a mentored opportunity to complete a clinically relevant EBP or research project.

To date, over 100 evidence-based projects have been completed by Research Interns, with topics ranging from feeding tube placement to the impact of vein trans-illumination on venipuncture in children and from the needs of families of hospitalized children to the perceptions of nurses caring for patients with low likelihood of recovery in critical care areas.

Purpose of the Program

  • offer nursing staff who are in good standing and with a minimum of 2 years employment at Strong Memorial Hospital or its related affiliates, advanced practice nurses (clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners) and nurse leaders and managers interested in evidence based practice and nursing research the opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully participate in and facilitate research related activities;
  • recognize nursing’s key role in the generation and dissemination of knowledge;
  • evaluate current nursing practice, using evidence; and
  • improve the quality of care delivered to patients and families.

Who Should Apply

If you are employed at Strong Memorial or any affiliated hospital and have the desire to learn, challenge yourself, take part in cutting-edge research, and work with some of the best nurse researchers in the field, we want to hear from you.

Scope of the Program

Interns are given two paid education day per month for a 9 months to participate in the Research Internship. Each morning session is devoted to the research and EBP process. Afternoon sessions are spent on independent work relevant to the intern’s clinically focused project.

The Associate Director of the Clinical Nursing Research Center (CNRC) is available to meet with interns to discuss their projects and to provide recommendations during each step of the process. Interns are expected to search literature with the assistance of a librarian and critically evaluate evidence for application to practice and their project. The culmination of the experience is a formal presentation open to the public in the afternoon of the last day of the internship, as well as the development of a scholarly publication.

How to Apply

Application materials are distributed in the Spring of each year for a September start date.

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