Specialty Scholar Tracts - Research


Possesses an inquisitive spirit and a desire to improve nursing care by designing and conducting original clinical nursing research studies at Meridian Health.

Clinical Practice

  • Promotes evidence-based practice on unit
  • Identifies clinical questions suitable for research investigation
  • Demonstrates expert critical thinking


  • Disseminates research findings to other staff on unit through in-services, posters, journal clubs, publication in INSPIRE, and/or evidence-based practice reviews.
  • Seeks opportunities to present research findings at local, state or national conferences or through publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Attends one research-related education program per year (beyond the core curriculum) to enhance self-knowledge (e.g. Nursing Research & EBP Day, JSUMC Research Day, local Sigma Theta Tau International Research Day).

Shared Governance

  • Promotes collaboration with interdisciplinary team on research projects


  • Designs, implements, evaluates and disseminates research according the CRS role guidelines.

Before You Can Begin Your Research The first step in becoming fully certified to conduct human subjects research within the Meridian Health system is to complete the online education program offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI "Basic Course") created by the University of Miami. CITI is divided into two levels: Basic and Refresher. Completion of all four CITI courses is the requirement for obtaining IRB review and approval of research to be conducted within the Meridian Health System.