Boot Camp

UT Southwestern's Neuroscience Nursing Research Center (NNRC) regularly provides a research boot camp for nurses that are developing their protocol design or nearing publication.

Neuroscience Nursing Research Center Staff and Fellows on Boot Camp Day 2017
NNRC Staff and Fellows, Boot Camp Day 2017

Protocol Development

The boot camp is a full-day workshop that is fundamentally designed to provide nurses with the necessary tools to be the Principal Investigator or lead author of a study. Nurses who attend boot camp can expect to spend 6-7 hours in a mentored writing session. 

Boot camp begins with a short informational session that covers:

  • history of nursing research
  • current practice in clinical research
  • institutional review board
  • ethics
  • consenting process
  • data collection and storage

The remainder of the day is spent writing, editing, and submitting research protocols for Institutional Review Board approval or publication.

Typically, boot camp is operated by three Ph.D. faculty for 6-8 nurses. Throughout the day, the NNRC staff continually circulates to provide one-on-one, just-in-time mentoring and consultation. Leadership, ownership, and responsibilities provide the underlying theme for the training.

Manuscript Development

The manuscript boot camp is a full-day workshop that is designed to guide nurses who have completed data collection and are considering submitting to a peer reviewed journal. The mentors assist you with each section of your manuscript, simple data analysis, table and figure development, and references. The day begins with a brief lecture on the manuscript submission process and the remainder of the day is spent writing the manuscript. Typically, this boot camp is operated by four Ph.D. prepared leaders with a ratio of 8 to 10 nurses. The NNRC staff provide one-on-one assistance throughout the day. It is possible to complete and submit a manuscript during this workshop, but if not, the NNRC team will work with you after the workshop to submit your manuscript.

Abstract Submission

The abstract boot camp is a three-hour workshop designed to guide nurses in submitting an abstract to a conference. These are often designed for a specific conference, but can also be done as a general training. This workshop contains three to four mentors who assist in writing and editing abstracts. Most nurses complete and submit their abstract within the boot camp timeframe.