Saturday, July 28, 2007

Research

I attended last Thursday the Regional Research Convention organized by the Philippine Nurses' Association, Cebu chapter. I must say I found it very interesting. I was even fascinated by the presentations of the different researchers from the different nursing schools here in Cebu (I wonder why they called in "regional" when only nursing schools in Cebu were in attendance). Almost all of the researchers were already professional nurses. Only a couple research work, I think, were products of undergraduates.

But it was, on the whole, very interesting and very informative. I find that I actually like the idea of doing research work. I didn't enjoy doing my thesis during my first course. It's only now, now that I see the whole purpose of research (somehow I didn't see the whole point back then), nursing research in particular, which is "to develop knowledge about issues of importance to the nursing profession" (Polit and Beck), that I see how wonderful it is. The technical side of research is indeed daunting. It can discourage you or bore you. It is tempting to think of it merely as a requirement for the course, and indeed many look at it that way. But if you understand its main purpose, you will begin to really appreciate it. One of the things that I noticed during the presentations at the convention was that all of the presentors talked with such enthusiastic, some even with animated, facial expressions. That's because research work is really intellectually stimulating and fulfilling. Intellectually stimulating because it engages your whole mind, because you are researching on a particular topic, problem or question that interests or excites you (It is silly, of course, to do research on a topic that you really don't care about), and fulfilling because you know that you are contributing something significant to the profession, whether to nursing practice, education, or administration.

I hope I can carry this interest after I graduate. I hope I can do research works later when I become a professional, with God's grace, of course.

2 comments:

kendi said...

ha! this reminds me of our very own research last year. i would agree that we have done it for the sake of completion, but along the way, i won't deny i have learned a lot. not only on the field of nursing, but on the field of socializing and what we call "perseverance."

i would agree that sometimes it gets too boring, but when it's ur turn to present your work, you will really do the best to defend and entertain the panel. as in. mygosh! kurog ug kulba jud kuya. and you have to be well-equipped with knowledge, skills and attitude to pass all that. hehe. cheerio! :)

Dante said...

wala pako kaadto sa bag-o nga cebu doc.

bitaw kulba jud kaayo nang research. pero okay lang. nindut nang makuyawan pud ta panagsa hehe.

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