ArticleBarriers to Research Utilization Among Registered Nurses Practicing in a Community HospitalSchoonover, Heather MN, PHCNS-BCAuthor Information Heather Schoonover, MN, PHCNS-BC, is Regional Director, Learning and Development, PeaceHealth, St. John Medical Center, Longview, Washington. ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Heather Schoonover, MN, PHCNS-BC, Learning and Development, PeaceHealth, St. John Medical Center, 1615 Delaware, Longview, WA 98632 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): July 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 4 - p 199-212 doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181ae145f Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Researchers have explored the barriers to research utilization in practice, yet community hospitals have been largely omitted from these studies and the research-practice gap remains. The aim of this study was to identify the barriers to research utilization among registered nurses practicing in a community hospital. In January of 2006, 376 registered nurses working in a community hospital in Washington State were invited to complete the 29-item Barriers to Research Utilization Scale. Twenty-one percent participated in this descriptive study. Barriers reported include lack of authority to change patient care procedures, lack of time to read research, and lack of awareness of research. Organizational strategies that can be used by staff development professionals to influence research awareness and utilization are discussed. The author recommends strategies to overcome barriers to research utilization identified in a study of registered nurses practicing in a community hospital. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.