Ελληνική Εταιρεία Νοσηλευτικής Έρευνας και Εκπαίδευσης
Hellenic Society of Nursing Research and Education
The Hellenic Society of Nursing Research and Education announces the initiation of the first Journal Club and kindly invites all registered nurses and nursing students to participate in our nursing journal club which is soon to be started. We need to note that journal clubs is an entirely new concept for the Hellenic nursing community. The constant process of updated training, as well as the need to bridge the gap between theory and evidence based nursing practice dictate the implementation of this innovative idea, coming from a scientific society dedicated to nursing research and education. Initially our Journal Club will be held in Athens and Thessaloniki, but our ultimate goal is global expansion in Greece. The coordinator and scientifically in charge for this project is CPT(NC) Mastrokostas Athanasios, Msc in Medical Research Methodology, delegate of HSNRE for the Macedonia region
If you wish to take part please fill in and submit the related participation form or e-mail to our delegate Mr Mastrokostas Athanasios to E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
View more announcements or be informed about how Journal Club works and how to join (in the form of FAQ's) from the related menu.
HSNRE - Journal Club
Frequently asked questions about the Journal Club
Journal Club:Please read the following frequently asked questions about how Journal Club works and how to join.
1. What exactly is a Journal Club? It is a group of members of a discipline who meet frequently to discuss and critically appraise research papers published in scientific journals.
2. Who may join Journal Club? Our Journal Club is primarily addressed to registered nurses and nursing students. Traditionally, journal club members are clinical nurses, as well as postgraduate nursing students and research nurses.
3. What are the benefits of participating in the nursing club? Joining a scientific club along with colleagues coming from various clinical backgrounds, but with similar goals and pursuits may have multiple benefits. The main concept of the Journal Club is to disperse current scientific knowledge and to incorporate it in evidence based clinical practice. Therefore, for professional clinical nurses it is a valuable tool for the systematic approach to current and valid knowledge as well as for the critical appraisal of research, in order to improve delivered care. From an academic point of view, the process of critical appraisal and methodical approach of reading scientific literature, is one of the first and most important steps of writing a scientific paper. Also, through discussing papers, new research ideas and even collaborations are born. Finally, presenting papers in small groups enhances communication and presentation skills and would prove really useful for both young and experienced researchers.
4. How does the Journal Club operate during sessions? Sessions are prescheduled on a monthly basis. All participants are fully equal members, however there will be a coordinator for each session. A current research paper from the field of health sciences with methodological or research interest is selected. Papers are distributed before or during sessions. Firstly, the basic paper overview is presented and then, using specific checklists and under the supervision of the coordinator the paper is thoroughly reviewed in sections (method, aim, population etc) and limitations are located from all the group. Potential for implementation of each paper in clinical practice, from the evidence base practice perspective is discussed. The whole process is fully interactive and all the participation of all members is highly accommodated. A typical session does not exceed a 60-90 min period. We should note that before the first sessions, a presentation and an orientation program for the operation of the Journal Club will be conducted. Furthermore, a brief training in critical appraisal tools will be provided. In the future, we intend to invite academics and experienced health care researchers to join certain sessions.
5. I don't have special critical appraisal skills or I don't read research papers often. Am I eligible to join? Our Journal Club is a liberal scientific effort and by default doesn't exclude any professional nurse of nursing student who seeks academic and professional development. Although previous knowledge of Research Methodology, Medical Statistics and Critical Appraisal are highly recommended, some necessary skills will gradually de acquired during sessions. In addition, some presentations of research methodology issues by expert scientists will be incorporated in some sessions. However, considering that the vast majority of the health care literature is published in English, English language at a level of reading and comprehending scientific literature is rather required.
6. Can I attend some sessions only? Although sessions are independent, frequent attention increases efficiency and therefore is strongly recommended. Moreover, consistency, when possible, increases the viability and continuity of the Journal Club.
7. Is any financial or other contribution needed to join the Journal Club? HSNRE is an non-profit society, therefore, as a contribution to the Greek nursing society learning needs, offers this opportunity for both members and non members of the HSNRE. However, it should be noted that full registration in HSNRE, paying a small fee, fully supports our principles and dedication to valid and current nursing research and education.
8. What is the schedule and locations for the Journal Club? More info for time, location, duration and other administrative issues will soon be released.
9. How can I declare my interest in joining the HSNRE Journal Club? You can fill in and submit the related participation formor contact via email with our HSNRE delegate and project manager Mr Mastrokostas Athanasios at E-mail: email@example.com
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