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Engagement in Research

A Clinical Nurse Profile and Motivating Factors

Scala, Elizabeth, MSN/MBA, RN; Patterson, Barbara J., PhD, RN, ANEF; Stavarski, Debra Haas, PhD, RN; Mackay, Periwinkle, MSN, RN, CCRN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: May/June 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 137–143
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000538

The purposes for this interpretive descriptive study were to gain an understanding of what motivates clinical nurses to be interested and/or engaged in research, describe the motivators for these clinical nurses, and identify common characteristics of these clinical nurses. Results revealed four themes and a clinical nurse profile. Based on findings, educators should encourage clinical nurses who are motivated to participate in nursing research to ignite intrinsic passion, professional growth, and nursing credibility and improve patient outcomes.

Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN, is Research Program Coordinator, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.

Barbara J. Patterson, PhD, RN, ANEF, is Associate Dean for Scholarship and Inquiry and Professor, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Debra Haas Stavarski, PhD, RN, is Director of Nursing Research, Reading Hospital–Tower Health, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Periwinkle Mackay, MSN, RN, CCRN, is Critical Care Nurse Educator, Suburban Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.

This publication was made possible by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), which is funded in part by Grant UL1 TR 001079 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, and the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the Johns Hopkins ICTR, JHCRN, NCATS or NIH.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Billings Administration 222A, Baltimore, MD 21287 (e-mail:

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