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Research Utilization in Baccalaureate-Prepared Registered Nurses

Lundeen, Suzanne PhD, RNC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: September/October 2013 - Volume 29 - Issue 5 - p 244–248
doi: 10.1097/01.NND.0000433149.41255.4f

A focus group study was conducted to describe bachelor of science-prepared registered nurses’ (n = 10) use of research in their everyday practice. Results indicate that participants feel prepared to use research upon entry into the workforce and do so to better patient care. However, research use is both positively and negatively affected by nursing leadership and the research culture of the workplace. The author includes implications for nursing professional development specialists and educators.

The author conducted a focus group study to describe Bachelor of Science-prepared registered nurses’ use of research in their practice.

Suzanne Lundeen, PhD, RNC, is Director of Nursing, Labor and Delivery, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas.

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Suzanne Lundeen, 7306 Stonebridge Creek Lane, Humble, TX 77396 (e-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.