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Mapping the Organization: A Bibliometric Analysis of Nurses’ Contributions to the Literature

Goode, Colleen J. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; McCarty, Lauren B. MLS; Fink, Regina M. PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN; Oman, Kathleen S. PhD, RN, FAEN, FAAN; Makic, MaryBeth Flynn PhD, RN, CCRN, CNS, FAAN; Krugman, Mary E. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Traditi, Lisa MLS

Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 9 - p 481–487
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182a23db5

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to map an academic hospital’s nursing contributions to the literature using bibliometric methods.

BACKGROUND: Nurse executives continue to search for ways to share knowledge gained in the clinical setting. Manuscripts from clinical nurses must increase to advance the science of nursing practice and nursing administration.

METHODS: A search of electronic databases and curriculum vitae provided bibliographic data for University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) nurses from 1990 to 2012. Bibliometric techniques were used for publication counts and citation analysis. A review of the infrastructure supporting scholarly work was undertaken.

RESULTS: A total of 191 journal articles, 9 books, 103 book chapters, 5 manuals, and 46 manual chapters were published by UCH nurses. Author productivity steadily increased. Citation analysis indicated that the works published were used by others. The h-index for UCH authors was 25. The hospital culture, interdisciplinary practice, and the role of the research nurse scientists had an impact on study results.

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Goode), Associate Professor (Drs Fink, Oman, and Makic), College of Nursing, University of Colorado; Library Intern (Ms McCarty), Head of Education & Reference and Associate Professor (Ms Traditi), University of Colorado Health Sciences Library; Research Nurse Scientist (Drs Fink, Oman, and Makic), Director of Nursing Innovation and Outcomes (Dr Krugman), University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Goode, College of Nursing, University of Colorado, 13120 E 19th Avenue, C288-19, Aurora, CO 80045 (

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