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Using a Delphi Survey to Develop Clinical Nursing Research Priorities Among Nursing Management

Sun, Carolyn, PhD, RN, ANP-BC; Prufeta, Patricia, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: March 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 3 - p 156–162
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000730

OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to identify clinical nursing research priorities among nurse managers (NMs).

BACKGROUND 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.

METHODS Using a Delphi survey, 38 NMs were queried at a large, urban hospital regarding critical priorities for nursing research.

RESULTS 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.

CONCLUSIONS 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 (;

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