Grants for frontline nurses and midwives
Nurses and midwives ‘at the bedside’ are being encouraged to take a lead role in research under a grants program developed by the Rosemary Bryant Foundation.
The Australian charity dedicated to nursing and midwifery research is offering $55,000 in funding to nurses and midwives seeking to advance the care they provide.
“Our grant program is unique because we want to hear from the people who are at the bedside, in the emergency department, in the labour ward and out in the community — they are the people best positioned to identify ways to improve nursing and midwifery care,” the foundation’s namesake, Dr Rosemary Bryant, said.
“Nurses and midwives interact with patients and the wider community on a daily basis so it is apt for them to lead and direct the research projects that will impact the people they provide care to every day,” she said.
Dr Bryant said the grants would enable nurses and midwives to explore untapped opportunities to improve care.
“These grants have a specific focus on research topics that may not have been previously investigated,” she said.
“The funding also aims to foster early-career researchers as well as nurses and midwives who may be new to research.”
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Federal Secretary Annie Butler said nurses and midwives had the ability to have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of the community.
“Nurses and midwives account for the greatest proportion of the nation’s healthcare workforce,” she said.
“They are a powerful group of well-educated professionals who can and do make a significant contribution to the research community.”
Dr Bryant said the support of the ANMF, along with nursing and midwifery super fund HESTA, had helped make the grants a reality.
ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adjunct Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars welcomed funding being provided by the Rosemary Bryant Foundation to further nursing and midwifery research.
“We are proud to have supported the Rosemary Bryant Foundation since its launch in 2017 so nurses and midwives have more opportunities to lead the way to advance patient care,” Dabars said.
The four Rosemary Bryant Foundation research grants have a total value of $55,000 and are open to applications until 4 October 2019. All applications will be assessed and evaluated by a grants committee of leading research and industry experts.
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