Beaker Research is the generation of new knowledge. At VUMC, we use the  official definition of nursing research endorsed by   Magnet: 

Systematic inquiry that uses disciplined methods to answer questions or solve problems. The ultimate goal of research is to develop, refine, and expand knowledge” (Polit & Beck, 2012, 3).

There are many frameworks used in research. Some are theory based or focus on a conceptual model. Click here for an example of the FINER framework, one way to think about designing a research study. Come back often for other examples.

  • What is the framework in research As a researcher, sometimes it feels like research has a life on its own: a question that leads to another question and so forth.  Click here to know more about the research process.

  • Nursing Research office is your biggest resource and we are here to help you successfully navigate your research journey! 

    Here are some additional resources you will need:

    • This pdf will help to guide your search to answer your clinical questions
    • To complete your Human Subject Protection (IRB) training
    • Here is the template for you to construct the process of your research study.
    • We suggest to use REDCap for storing data or creating a survey. Go here for set up a profile and much more!