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A Curriculum Designed to Decrease Barriers Related to Scholarly Writing by Staff Nurses

Shatzer, Melanie DNP, RN; Wolf, Gail A. DNS, RN, FAAN; Hravnak, Marilyn PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAAN; Haugh, Amy MLS; Kikutu, Julius PhD; Hoffmann, Rosemary L. PhD, RN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2010 - Volume 40 - Issue 9 - p 392-398
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181ee4447

Demonstrating professional development outcomes, such as scholarly publication, is critical as nurse leaders guide organizations seeking recognition as centers of excellence. However, personal and situational barriers often prevent staff nurses from achieving scholarly publication. This project tested a workshop and mentoring approach to decrease publication barriers with staff nurses in 2 community hospitals. Self-efficacy principles guided the curriculum that resulted in a statistically significant improvement in staff nurse perception of successful scholarly publication endeavors.

Authors' Affiliations: Doctoral Candidate (Dr Shatzer), Professor (Drs Wolf and Hravnak), Director of Student Services (Dr Kikutu), Assistant Professor (Dr Hoffmann), School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh; Administrative Director, Nursing Discovery and Innovation (Dr Shatzer), Director, Medical Library Services (Ms Haugh), UPMC St. Margaret, Pennsylvania.

Corresponding author: Dr Shatzer, UPMC St. Margaret, 815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 (

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