An integrative review of the professional development research literature, spanning the years 1996 to 2006, was conducted by the National Nurses in Staff Development Organization Research Committee at the request of the organization's Board of Directors. Rigorous research criteria were used to evaluate 949 publications. Results determined that 8 studies met the research criteria. Outcomes are reported and recommendations are suggested for advancement of research in the field.
The authors update a literature review from 1996 to 2006 and offer suggestions for advancing research in the nursing professional development specialty.
Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is Director, Professional Resources, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver.
Joan Warren, PhD, RNC, NEA-BC, is Director of Research and Professional Practice at Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, University of Colorado Hospital, 12605 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).