For busy clinicians, time to conduct research is scarce. A novel solution, the Nursing
Student Research Assistant Program (NS-RAP), was designed in collaboration with area
nursing schools to build research capacity at a pediatric hospital. Undergraduate
and graduate nursing students participated in a variety of research experiences that,
in turn, aided the conduct of clinician-initiated research at the pediatric hospital.
In this article, conceptualization, implementation, outcomes, challenges, and future
directions of NS-RAP are discussed.