Nursing Undergraduate Research Internship Program (NURIP)

May 16 to August 12, 2016

A summer research internship program for undergraduate nursing students who are interested in research and the development of their research skills. Interns will work directly with nursing faculty. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience and activities (e.g. literature reviews, data collection, focus groups, poster presentations). To be eligible to apply, students must have completed CNUR 209 Nursing Research Methods or equivalent. 
 
At apply please see the human resources website. 
Ann-Marie Urban, RPN, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Nursing
Research and Innovation Centre

University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada S4S 0A2
phone: 306-585-4953
fax: 306-337-8493
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Fostering Research Knowledge and Skills: Nursing Undergraduate Research Internship Program

By NURIP students Kiyomi Gibney, Katie Cotter, and Darlene Domshy, and Ann-Marie Urban, RN, RPN, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing University of Regina

In 2015, the Nursing Undergraduate Research Internship Program (NURIP) was launched at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina. The program provides undergraduate nursing students with full-time employment, opportunities to foster research skills, and participation in research and scholarship activities with faculty members.
Students

Three NURIP students, Darlene Domshy, Kiyomi Gibney, and Katie Cotter, were the first students to be part of the new program. Several faculty members mentored and worked in collaboration with the students on a multitude of research projects andscholarship activities.


These included conducting advanced literature reviews, assisting with data collection and analysis, and attending research meetings. As well, students participated in several learning sessions that were facilitated by the faculty, nursing librarian, the Research Office funding officer, and Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region leaders.


The sessions included learning about how to conduct advanced literature searches, understanding ethics in the research process, the role of an epidemiologist, nursing leadership, research funding, and how to complete a research ethics application. Students were also involved in the Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network conference by assisting with abstract reviews, planning and registration. They also interacted with several nurse scholars from across Canada.


NURIP student, Kiyomi Gibney said the program was a win-win for both the faculty and the students.


"Faculty members commented on the students' willingness to learn and engage in the research and scholarship activities. NURIP student," Gibney said. "This internship has introduced me to nursing scholarship, as well as the research process, through attending conferences, RQHR research events and various research seminars. It has allowed me the opportunity to actively participate in research with my mentors, which in turn has exposed me to qualitative research in ways that I would have never experienced, had it not been for this program."

"I have been able to work with my mentors to develop my systematic reviewing skills," she added. "Not only will these invaluable skills benefit me for my upcoming final year of the program, but in future post graduate education as well."


NURIP student Cotter agreed.


"The NURIP program allowed me to experience research in a way that my schooling wasn't able to offer," Cotter said. "I also feel more confident in my knowledge and ability to carry out research. In addition, the program gave me the opportunity to network with people from all over the country and learn from people in a variety of different health fields. I am so thankful that I was able to take part in such an awesome program

for the summer. I highly recommend other students to apply."


Darlene Domshy, NURIP student completed the nursing program in August and highlighted how her knowledge and skills will be used in the clinical environment to provide attainable research to influence the health care system and ultimately patient care and experience.

"As nursing moves forward with a greater emphasis on research and evidence-based practice, fostering students' research skills and knowledge is necessary," Domshy noted. "This program has given students a deeper understanding of the research process and planted the seed for their future as nurse scholars. "

Research demonstrates that students who have research experiences have an increased understanding of the research process and its application to clinical practice (Vessey & DeMarco, 2008). Thus, learning about the importance of nursing research can improve the care of patients and their families in the health care environment. 

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Vessey, J. A., & DeMarco, R. F. (2008). The undergraduate research fellows program: A unique model to promote engagement in research. Journal of Professional Nursing, 24(6), 358-363.

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