The aim of this study was to identify clinical nursing research priorities among nurse managers (NMs).
Determining research priorities is the 1st step toward building a solid evidence base for clinical practice. NMs are well poised to identify research priorities, and yet, a literature review revealed a dearth of research priorities as determined by clinical NMs.
Using a Delphi survey, 38 NMs were queried at a large, urban hospital regarding critical priorities for nursing research.
Critical priorities for clinical nursing research included nursing workforce/nursing workflow and communication (categorized as critical by 68% and 53% of NMs, respectively). Other important priorities focused on falls/patient safety/hospital-acquired infections, patient/family satisfaction, emergency preparedness, patient outcomes, and collaboration/interdisciplinary research.
Because NMs are positioned to direct clinical research agendas, the results provide a critical guide for policy development surrounding nursing research. Directing research toward these identified topics will help build a solid evidence base for nurses and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
Author Affiliations: Associate Research Scientist (Dr Sun), Columbia University School of Nursing, New York; (Dr Sun), and Director of Surgical Nursing (Dr Prufeta), New York-Presbyterian.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Corresponding Author: Dr Sun, Columbia University School of Nursing, 560 W 168th St, Room 634, New York, NY 10032 (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).
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