The involvement in research from the students in the post graduate Specialist Nursing Program in Paediatric Care
When the students in specialist nursing education write their master's thesis, it should be an empirical study. The purpose of writing the thesis is that the students should have the opportunity to learn about the different parts of the research process. We try to involve the students as much as possible in our ongoing research projects and they have 15 ECTS credits to write their master’s thesis. The involvement could be students collecting data or analyzing data that already have been collected. This allows the students to participate as part of a major research project, which makes the writing of their thesis meaningful to the students and they also contribute to the research. From the standpoint of the supervisors it is also more motivating to supervise the thesis if it is a part of a project that you already are involved in. Of course, this must be in line with the ethical approval of the study.

See three examples below!
Karina Huus,
Associate Professor and Tutor of
Many Students at Jönköping University
Examples of research projects where students have been involved:
The parental support project
This is a quantitative project where the students have analyzed data from the parents support project, it was questionnaires about family’s needs. When the students started to write their thesis, they discussed with their supervisor to identify a purpose of their thesis that could be answered from the already collected data. The students got the data in an SPSS file and the individuals identity was removed before the students got the data. The students analyzed the data and then used the data when they wrote their thesis.
The child cancer project
This is a qualitative project were the researcher have collected data by interviewing children with cancer and their parents. This was a longitudinally study with 5 interviews during 3 years’ post treatment. Five groups of students did a deductive analysis of the interviews using Swanson’s Theory of Caring. Each group analyzed one timepoint each.
The student used the result for their thesis and the researcher could continue to analyse the result.
The health visits with children of foreign origin in the Swedish child- and School health care
This is an ongoing project and the overall aim of the project is to investigate nurses’ cultural competence in encounters with children of foreign origin in the child -and school health care and to develop and evaluate the effects of a program to increase cultural competence. Within the frame of this project students have interviewed nurses working in child- and school health care about their cultural competence. The results will be one part in developing the educational program to increase cultural competence among nurses encountering children of foreign origin.