You should have met with an expert clinician who works and/or studies in your chosen research area of interest (for example, masters or doctoral-prepared nurse, MD, PsyD, PhD, PA). This person might be a colleague or peer where you are currently employed, a local hospital or other organization, an author of a research paper you read, or someone you found during an Internet search. You could have met with this person in person, using Zoom, or over the phone, but your conversation must be a verbal discussion that lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
During the interview, you should have asked the expert: what gaps in knowledge in the science they believe exist; their recommendations they have you to conduct research to figure out how to fill these gaps; what gaps in knowledge in the science they believe exist. Other questions asked should have included:
- What recommendations do they have you to explore these knowledge gaps?
- What articles and journals do they recommend for you to read?
- Which organizations would be relevant for you to join and participate in that relates to your clinical research area of interest?
- What tips do they have for being a clinician researcher in nursing research?