Title

National survey of hospital nursing research, part 1: Research requirements and outcomes

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Journal

Journal of Nursing Administration

Volume

43

Issue

1

DOI

10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182786045

Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to describe program requirements and scholarly outcomes for registered nurse (RN)-led research in US hospitals. Background: Magnet recognition emphasis on evidence-based practice and research has stimulated the growth of hospital-based nursing research programs. Hospital policies stipulating whether RNs can lead studies as principal investigators (PIs) varied among members of a regional nursing research consortium. Methods: Members of the consortium conducted a national survey of hospitals regarding their requirements for RN-led research and associated scholarly outcomes. Results: Most (87.1%) of the hospitals (N = 160) reported no minimum educational requirements for nurses to be PIs. Mentoring, training, and peer review/approval requirements differed between Magnet and non-Magnet hospitals. On average, hospitals reported an annual total of 4 studies initiated, 4 disseminated via podium or poster presentation, 1 published, and 2 funded. Conclusions: Findings from this study provide a prototype and benchmark information for nursing administrators planning to establish, evaluate, and/or expand nursing research programs. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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