The research capacity and research capacity needs of nurse educators at provincial nursing colleges in Gauteng, South Africa
Introduction and background: Research capacity is a crucial requirement for higher education institutions (HEIs) to render quality nursing education and maintain their credibility. The proposed transformation in nursing education presents new challenges for nurse educators employed by provincial nursing colleges, especially in the areas of research and academic qualifications. Nurse educators at provincial nursing colleges should be prepared for their new roles. Therefore, it is important that provincial nursing colleges have a deeper understanding of current research capacity and research-capacity development needs of nurse educators at these colleges. This study specifically focuses on provincial nursing colleges in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Aim: This study aims to gain a deeper understanding of the current research capacity and research-capacity development needs of nurse educators at Gauteng provincial nursing colleges in South Africa. Method: A descriptive quantitative, cross-sectional survey design was used for data collection. The population was nurse educators employed by four provincial nursing colleges in Gauteng province for a period of at least six months. Data was gathered from 137 respondents using a self-administrative questionnaire. Results: The finding revealed that the nurse educators perceived their research skills as reasonable in all the research phases, with the highest (M = 2.94, SD 0.940) for the exploratory phase and lowest for the data-analysis phase (M = 2.48, SD 0.949). The nurse educators also indicated a need for institutional support in terms of time and funding to pursue their studies, to improve their research skills and their overall research capacity. Conclusion: Provincial nursing colleges should design specific strategies aimed at developing the research capacity of nurse educators, based on their current research capacity and research-capacity development needs, in order for the colleges to effectively transform and thrive as HEIs and to develop nurse educators as academics.
- Health Sciences