Files‎ > ‎News‎ > ‎

Dr. Labrague's Research Impact is Recognized

posted Mar 9, 2021, 7:50 PM by BND Secretariat Support
Dr Leodoro J. Labrague, a nursing lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, has recently received an h-index value of 28 from Google Scholar and other citation databases. The h-index classifies scholars, according to the number of extant papers that have been cited by other scientists and publications. The Google Scholar distinction refers to Leodoro’s papers published since 2013.

A high h-index value signifies leadership in the field and underscores the degree to which an individual’s research has advanced and inspired the work of peer scientists. In Labrague’s case, the h value means he has 28 papers that have each received citations 28 times, an extraordinary level of influence.
The h-index was developed by physicist Jorge Hirsch at the University of Southern California 13 years ago as a tool for assessing the impact of theoretical physicists’ research and was adopted as a rating tool by citation databases like Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus. A value of 20 is considered laudable for a scientist with 20 years of research; 40 is outstanding; 60 is exceptional.

Labrague’s research covers areas such as simulation, nurse practice environment, toxic leadership, caring sciences, disaster nursing, and more. As a reflection of his research and teaching influence, he was awarded the Outstanding Academician in 2019 and Outstanding Researcher in 2020 by his university.

Added to his prolific professional career, he holds two doctorate degrees, the Doctor in Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science. He also holds two certifications: Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and another Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing. Moreover, he holds membership with the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

We caught up with him recently. Dr Labrague offered his insights on his latest achievement, among others.

Now that you have reached an important milestone (2K citations), how has that changed your research projects? 

Although I am still focusing on research projects relevant to my profession (as an academician) and academic degree (being specialized in nursing management), in recent months, I embarked on conducting research that deals with simulation utilization in nursing education. With the increasing challenges (e.g., lack of quality clinical placement, shortage of nurse faculty) in nursing education today, I firmly believe that simulation is an important aid to address these challenges. I think my certification in healthcare simulation and nurse education is a big help for realizing these projects. Additionally, I am actively doing research projects that dealt with job conditions, work environment, and other organizational factors that greatly contribute to nursing retention/migration. In the coming years, I intend to increase the diversity of my research partners by encouraging more researchers from other disciplines to be part of my research projects

How has it helped you advance your career?  

Research impact, through citation, is an important indicator of career growth and advancement here in the Middle East. Most institutions in the region put much premium on research and citations during job promotion and retention. Increased citations also mean that your professional value increases, your research influence widens, and your research networks increase. Collectively, as an academician, I believe these are all useful when advancing a professional career. 
Any advice you might have for those students/professionals interested in nursing research.
Researching nursing is beyond beautiful. Do not underestimate the value of the research that you do or conduct. Even the simplest research could have a huge impact on our/your profession. Most importantly, make sure to communicate and disseminate the findings of your research through publication. Doing research is one thing, but publishing your research work is a big thing. When I say publishing, I meant publishing in reputable or ranked journals. One of the biggest mistakes many nurse researchers do with their papers is publishing in easy-to-published journals (mostly predatory journals) without the journal quality and credibility. Papers published in these journals, no matter how novel, no matter how impactful, will never get cited. In other words, it’s a total waste of knowledge