Conducting research through cross national collaboration

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Aim: To explore the collaborative nature of an international research project with other advanced practice nurse researchers and critically analyse the research process. Background: Research within the nursing community is recognized internationally as important to ensure that nurses participate in cutting-edge health care and promote evidence-based practices, yet there is little detail found in literature on how a successful collaborative relationship is initiated and conducted in advanced practice research. Design: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the process of collaboration on a research study amongst advanced practice nurses from four countries who are members of an international organization. Implications for Nursing: The collaborative process in international nursing research can be challenging and rewarding. It is important to remember that there is a linear relationship between complexity of the study and the time to finish it. Keys to success include following proven guidelines. Conclusion: This project proved to be a valuable experience in developing collaborative relationships as well as creating partnerships for future research to build on the knowledge gained. The fact that the authors were all linked to universities facilitated uptake and ethics. The use of social media and university resources proved to be indispensable.


This is an Original Manuscript of an article published by Wiley in International Journal of Nursing Practice on 26/10/2017, available online:


advanced practice nursing, collaboration, international research, nursing


Steinke MK, Rogers M, Lehwaldt D, Lamarche K. Conducting research through cross national collaboration. Int J Nurs Pract. 2018;24:e12607.

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