North Carolina nurses are working hard to improve patient care as Clinical Research Nurses (CNRs), which are licensed by the state. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is a joint initiative of the AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that awards nurses for outstanding achievement in research and patient care improvement. They gave a national award to an NC oncology nurse who launched a study to help prevent leukemia in young Hispanic migrant working men.
If you are interested in making a significant impact on health and nursing in North Carolina by earning your advanced nursing degree, contact the schools with research programs listed below to get program details.
The NC Campaign for Action celebrates nursing leadership and nursing research efforts that are aimed at improving health care, helping women who are victims of sexual assault, medically fragile children, neurologically impaired patients and low income women living in rural areas. With your graduate degree you can help expand these research priorities to include those you feel are important.
North Carolina nursing schools like Duke University are well known for their clinical trials and research. CNR nurses work in advanced nursing practice areas, and the National Association of Clinical Research Nurses recognizes their contribution in pharmacology, pathophysiology and physical/health assessment in the state.
It is important to obtain information on accredited universities before enrolling to make sure you enter a program that meets your clinical goals. There are several NC Master’s and PhD programs, both on campus and online, so it is important to research them all to find the school that is right for you.
NC graduate research nursing program admission requirements usually include:
- Official transcripts from all attended colleges
- Letters of recommendation
- Some require GRE scores
- TOEFL exam if English is not your first language
Nursing research PhD programs prepare you as a strong scientist to conduct nursing research in several areas. Graduates primarily work in academic and research settings, with a focus on those areas of research that personally motivate you.
A Clinical Nurse Researcher (CNR) is a master or doctorate prepared Advanced Practice Nurse according to the National NC Nurse Association. A CNR in addition to being a clinical practice expert is also an educator, a researcher and a consultant who influences the three spears of practice, which includes patient care, nursing and systems.
There are multiple focus areas you can follow when it comes to graduate nursing programs, one of which is Clinical Mental Health. A degree in this area would likely have some of the following curriculum components:
The courses include:
- Professional and Ethical Issues
- Counseling Skills and Techniques
- Research and Program Evaluation
- Theories of Counseling
- Career Counseling and Development
- Lifespan Development
- Groups in Counseling
- Assessment Practice in Counseling
- Assessment Practices in Counseling
- Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling
Specialty areas and elective courses may include; The Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Theory and Process of Family Counseling, Gender and Sexuality Issues in Counseling, Addictions Counseling and Crisis Intervention. You would then have the choice of two electives in the total credit hours are 60.
Keep in mind there are many different foci, and the best way to find the school that offers the research track you are interested in is to contact them all for program details.
The goal of CNR nursing practice is to reduce hospital cost, length of stay, emergency visits, readmission rates, gain improvement in system management, increase patient satisfaction and reduce medical complications for hospitalized patients.
Following graduation you may test to become certification through the Society of Clinical Research Associates’ Certification Program. Members pay $395, and non-members pay $450 for this exam.
If you need financial assistance complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant and loan program based on your income. Duke University has an aid application, and the university will determine the amount you owe, while the remaining costs may be covered in the form of grants, work-study and some limited student loans. The Health Resources and Services Administration also has numerous loans and scholarship plans.
According to O*Net Online a Clinical Research Coordinator in North Carolina in 2014 earned an average annual income of $120,050.
Clinical Nurse Researchers are employed in hospitals, laboratories and universities. As a CSR you may advance your nursing career and you are helping the profession of nursing as a whole. This is an excellent time to continue your education with a graduate degree, and you can get started by contacting the schools below.