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Aligning Evidence-Based Practice With Translational Research

Opportunities for Clinical Practice Research

Weiss, Marianne E., DNSc, RN; Bobay, Kathleen L., PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Johantgen, Meg, PhD, RN; Shirey, Maria R., PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2018 - Volume 48 - Issue 9 - p 425–431
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000644

Magnet® and other organizations investing resources in evidence-based practice (EBP) are ideal laboratories for translational nursing research. Translational research, the study of implementation of evidence into practice, provides a unique opportunity to leverage local EBP work for maximum impact. Aligning EBP projects with rigorous translational research can efficiently meet both EBP and research requirements for Magnet designation or redesignation, inform clinical practice, and place organizations at the leading edge of practice-based knowledge development for the nursing discipline.

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Weiss), Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Professor (Dr Bobay), Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois; Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the PhD Program (Dr Johantgen), University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore; and Professor and Chair, Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care Department (Dr Shirey), University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing.

M.E.W., M.J., and M.R.S. are members of the ANCC Research Council. The content of the paper reflects the opinions of the authors and not those of ANCC, the Research Council, or the Magnet Recognition Program®. K.L.B. declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Weiss, Marquette University College of Nursing, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201 (

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