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Nurse Ann Wanyaga Mwaniki from Kenya Wins 2016 Global Research Nurse Award by Idowu Olabode : September 23, 2016, 06:09:56 PM
The Global Research Nurses' Network, invited members to participate in an Essay writing competition on the theme 'I AM A NURSE, THIS IS HOW OPPORTUNITIES TO RESEARCH WILL HELP MAKE ME RESILIENT?'.

We received 15 entries in total; the winning global entry came from Ann Wanyaga Mwaniki, from the Government of Kenya, Machakos County.

The photo above depicts Ann with her prize "Fundamentals of Research Methodology for Healthcare Professionals" by Brink et al, which was kindly sponsored by Juta.

The competition also created the opportunity for nurses from India to enter a regional level competition and also win the same book prize. The regional winners from India are listed below.

Kerala Winner
ATHIRA RANI M.R., Assistant Professor at the Government College of Nursing
Gujarat Winner
Priya Kharadi, Lecturer Sharda College of Nursing
Mumbai Winner
Siman Xavier, Assistant Professor, P.D. Hinduja College of Nursing

Here is the winning essay

Name: Ann Wanyaga
Surname: Mwaniki
Contact Number: +254724699963
Institution: Government of Kenya, Machakos County, Department of Health


I am registered nurse in Kenya with a degree in nursing. I have worked in both private and public sector and interacted with my fellow nurses in my country. I must admit that from my observation most of the nurses shun research or have developed a fear towards research. I associate this to the lack of exposure in my country where nurses tend to be involved in direct patient care in the wards and minimal involvement in studies being carried out. Juma et al. (2014) writes that nurses are not sufficiently involved in the health sector policy development processes at the national level.

This essay outlines how a research opportunity will help address these challenges and involve nurses in generating evidence based practice.
I attribute my interest in research to working as a data collector in some medical studies where unconsciously my question was always “what about the nursing component”. Patient care involves multidisciplinary actions with the nurses bearing a great percentage as they are with these patients most of the times. Most researchers I have worked with or under are not nurses. I have come to believe that if the nursing component would be incorporated in a medical study then the findings would contribute to improving the nursing practice and creating interest among the nursing fraternity.

Nurses in Kenya have expressed great interest to be facilitated to carry out research and/or use findings in practice citing the major barriers to utilizing findings in practice as the unavailability of research reports, unclear implications for practice and inadequate facilities(Mutisya et al., 2015).

There are few or limited opportunities to research in Kenya. An opportunity to become a research nurse in my country will equip me with the latest information in nursing practice which I will share with my colleagues to help them understand that research nurses contribute to wellbeing of patients. It will make me be directly involved in the generation of research based evidence for nursing practices thus improving patient care. It will make me a mentor to young nurses wishing to specialize in research. The opportunity will give me a basis to lobby for a curriculum upgrade where nursing research is given an integral focus to help uptake of nursing research at an early age
in the nursing career. Research contributes to new ways of patient care thus involving the already practicing nurses will help them be part of the team producing evidence based results rather than just being consumers.

Juma, P.A., Edwards, N. and Spitzer, D. (2014): Kenyan Nurses Involvement in National Policy Development Processes; Nursing Research and Practice, 2014, 236573.
Mutisya, A.K., Karani, A. and Kigondu, C. (2015): Research Utilization among Nurses at a Teaching Hospital in Kenya; Journal of Caring Sciences, 4(2); 95-104.

To download her essay in PDF click HERE

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