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Research Priorities for Nursing Professional Development: A Modified e-Delphi Study

Harper, Mary G. PhD, RN-BC; Asselin, Marilyn E. PhD, RN-BC; Kurtz, Abby C. EdD, RN-BC; MacArthur, Susan K. EdD, MSN, RNC; Perron, Sarah MS, RN, CMSRN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development: May/June 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 3 - p 137–142
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3182551543

In 2010, the National Nursing Staff Development Organization Research Committee identified the need to delineate research priorities for nursing professional development (NPD). A Delphi study with 13 experts in NPD resulted in the identification of 24 priorities for the next 5 years. These priorities provide the future direction for NPD research and funding.

The authors describe a study to identify research priorities in nursing professional development.

Mary G. Harper, PhD, RN-BC, is National Clinical Faculty Coordinator, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marilyn E. Asselin, PhD, RN-BC, is Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Abby C. Kurtz, EdD, RN-BC, is Director, Nursing Education and Research, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, New York.

Susan K. MacArthur, EdD, MSN, RNC, is Director, Nursing Professional Development, Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, Tennessee.

Sarah Perron, MS, RN, CMSRN, is Education Specialist, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: Mary G. Harper is a Nursing Professional Development Certification Review Instructor and receives honoraria from the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. For the remaining authors, none were declared.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Mary G. Harper, PhD, RN-BC, 1832 South Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (e-mail:

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