Introduction and statement of problem
Polit and Beck (2004) express that most nurses would agree that the establishment of research in nursing began with Florence Nightingale, her most widely recognised contribution in making changes to nursing care and more generally in public health, involved the data collection and analysis relating to factors affecting soldier mortality and morbidity during the Crimean war. Research as defined by Cormack (2003) is “an attempt to increase the sum of what is known, usually referred to as a body of knowledge, by the discovery of new facts or relationships through a process of systematic scientific enquiry, the research process.” For the purpose of this assignment the area to be investigated is a proposal for a study of adult health nurses’ attitudes and understanding of mental health patients”. The rational for this is that on numerous occasions it has been drawn to my attention that despite registered nurses regularly knowing and stating that non-judgemental care is a professional obligation, Nurse’s must also be aware of the ethical aspects and implications of non-judgemental care, The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2004). However, Bate (2005) includes that research literature highlights that even in a “modern 21st century” there are still social barriers, within nursing, which are thought to be created by ignorance and prejudice. In law, the courts could find a registered practitioner negligent if a person suffers harm because he or she failed to care for them competently.
There are numerous models of research proposals, and I have decided to follow an example of a research proposal model by Dempsey and Dempsey (2000).
1. Introduction and statement of the problem.
2. The literature review.
3. Purpose of the study.
4. Plan for Data collection.
a. Study design – methodology
d. Data collection techniques
5. Plan for data analysis.