Nurses as Scholars and Scholars-to-Be.
The skills of a scholar include critical and creative thinking. A valuable mindset is to have the element of skepticism when reading information, such as asking questions about authorship and scientific approach. Reading research study publications allows scholars to observe the logical flow that begins in the introduction, and continues through the literature review to reach the study problem, the study purpose, and the findings with discussion. A scholar can then prepare a logical treatise as a sound, rational argument; a display of a discerning mind (Sakraida, 2018).
The transitional and formative personal and professional effort coined as a concept, referred to as a scholar-to-be, offers a conceptual framework that promotes professionalism, application of principles and values of science, and use of a resource toolbox to support scholar formation.
Whatever your role as a nurse may be, understanding how to find, interpret, apply and carry out research are essential skills. The information found by using these skills will also prepare scholars to integrate evidence, evaluate outcomes, and communicate their findings. The emphasis of nurses as scholars is on translation of current evidence into nursing practice.
Source: Sakraida, T. (2018). Transition to a scholar-to-be [NUR 4739 Canvas Course]. Florida Atlantic University.