While the Tennessee Department of Health has a variety of licenses for nurses, there is not one specific to nursing research. However, the Tennessee Campaign for the Action Coalition is working with the AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to transform healthcare by building a healthier community for the residents of Tennessee through advanced nursing practice.
To learn more about nursing research programs in Tennessee, contact the schools listed below to learn more about your options for study.
According to the Campaign for Action consumers of health care are more likely to find qualified clinicians due to a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that authorizes Medicare to pay for graduate–level nursing education, as reported by AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Congress has determined that primary care is best delivered where people prefer to receive care, such as their own homes, medical offices, community health centers, outpatient clinics and retail clinics.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has a vision of the Culture of Health that encourages creative, rigorous research on new innovative programs, with nurses at the forefront of helping to design these care delivery services. This is an excellent time to continue your education in a graduate degree program that involves research as nursing is rapidly changing to adapt to what is best for patients in Tennessee.
Linda Nichols, PhD, Professor of the Department of Preventative Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has received a $231,000 grant for Protein Function Research. She has worked for over 20 years, and the Gerontological Society of America has named her one of their 2015 Fellows. Her research team will further explore the importance of this specific protein and regulatory mechanism in normal and diseased conditions. It is this type of research that you can be a part of after earning your graduate degree, and there are several other areas of research being conducted in the state of Tennessee as well.
The first step to getting started in nursing research is to expand your education.
The admission criteria for a graduate research degree in nursing is similar between universities and typically includes:
- Official College Transcripts from all previous educational facilities
- Letters of Recommendation
- Most programs require acceptable scores on the GRE or the MAT
- TOEFL exam if English is not your first language
The curriculum of research nursing programs usually includes:
- Nursing Theory
- Role Development
- Advanced Research
- Advance Assessment
- Nursing Education I,II,III Organize Operations
- Advance Health Assessment
- Adult Care or Women’s Health and Pediatric Care
- Project Writing I, II
The total semester hours you will earn in a graduate nursing program is usually around 45, plus clinical hours, which are also typically required. If you complete your Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program you may be eligible to enter a postgraduate study program if you are interested. Graduation from a post-graduate certificate program requires successful completion of 20 hours of the Nursing Education Concentration courses in addition to all associated clinical hours.
If you need financial assistance, complete the FAFSA application as it is a federal grant based on your income. The Foundation of the National Student Nurse’s Association also awards over $330,000 of scholarships annually for nursing programs. The Tennessee State University and Foundation scholarships may also be applied for online.
There are numerous types of positions for Clinical Nurse Research Coordinators. For example, one five-year grant studies inner-city adolescents by examining the bio behavior linkages among adolescents and adults in the community. Another research program studies families of children with or at risk for intellectual or developmental disabilities. There are wide variety of choices for you to look into as a nurse researcher, depending on your career goals.
Tennessee Clinical Nurse Research Coordinators in 2014 earned an average annual salary of $120,050. This career may give you opportunities to advance in a career that is both exciting and helps the nursing profession as a whole.
Request program information from the Tennessee schools offering nursing research programs to learn more about getting started in this essential nursing career today.