Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
BACKES, Vânia Marli Schubert et al. Nursing Education Research Groups in Brazil. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.2, pp. 436-442. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000200023.
The aim of this study is to characterize the organization of nursing education research groups in Brazil. This is a quantitative, descriptive and documentary study. Census data for 2006 were collected from the CNPq database website. Brazil has 47 education research groups, comprised of 412 researchers, of whom 91% have masters, doctoral or postdoctoral degrees. There are 307 students, of whom 92% are nursing undergraduates. However, only 9% are recipients of young investigator grants. There are also 112 technicians, of whom 75% are nursing professionals; 46% have a masters or doctoral degree. In Brazil, there are a considerable number of nursing education research groups, which contribute significantly to scientific production of nursing knowledge in Latin America. In this scenario, there are many challenges to be overcome: poor interdisciplinary cooperation; limited integration between education and practice; low number of grants awarded to young investigators and significant inequalities between the country's geographic regions in terms of access to research development.
Keywords : Research groups; Education [nursing]; Nursing education research.