Building Capacity Through Incorporation of Advanced Practice Nurses in Research: Benefits and Challenges Within a Longitudinal Multisite Study (227)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday, October 30

A blend of approaches, including cooperative groups, consortiums, and investigator-initiated trials at both single and multiple sites, is required to rapidly evolve symptom science and translate findings to clinical care. Advanced practice nurse (APN) education uniquely blends research, clinical care, and critical thinking skills.

Pediatric oncology APNs are primed to engage in research given their routine exposure to therapeutic and nontherapeutic clinical trials in the clinical setting. Despite APNs being well-positioned to function in research settings, barriers to their engagement persist. Capacity-building through multisite research opportunities is an important strategy to overcome these barriers and prepare APNs to undertake high-quality research. Grounded in the experience of a nurse-led mentored longitudinal symptom study, the goal of this APN concurrent educational session is to describe the benefits and challenges of incorporating APNs in research and discuss opportunities for building capacity for nursing research. APNs have experienced uniform benefits to acquiring research knowledge and skills, participating in research activities, and engaging in professional development. However, commonly encountered challenges include limited support for regulatory and research activities, inadequate financial infrastructure, and a perceived lack of value for APNs’ professional growth and development. It is necessary to establish an infrastructure that elevates benefits and mitigates challenges to effectively incorporate APNs in a research environment, which would lead to advancements in priority areas of nursing science, such as symptom science. APNs can serve as a catalyst to promote programs of research that include therapeutic and nontherapeutic trials of all phases to address symptoms and ameliorate suffering.