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Establishing Research Priorities for the Infusion Nurses Society

Zugcic, Mary MS, ACNS-BC, CRNI®; Davis, Jean E. PhD, RN; Gorski, Lisa A. MS, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN; Alexander, Mary MA, RN, CRNI®, CAE, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0b013e3181d9d0fa
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As the leader in the infusion nursing community, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) recognizes the critical need for research to support the specialty practice. The purpose of this project was to gain input from INS members to establish research priorities for the organization. In partnership with Wayne State University College of Nursing, INS surveyed its members by using the Delphi approach. The qualitative responses received supported a theoretical framework on which to base an agenda. Respondents identified more problem areas in their practice than in research topics needing further exploration. Four themes, all falling under the overarching domain of patient safety, were identified. By identifying research priorities, INS will be able to guide the direction for research, focus the use of limited financial resources toward the most needed research, and use research to develop and support best practices for the infusion nursing specialty.

As the leader in the infusion nursing community, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) recognizes the critical need for research to support the specialty practice. The purpose of this project was to gain input from INS members to establish research priorities for the organization. In partnership with Wayne State University College of Nursing, INS surveyed its members by using the Delphi approach. The qualitative responses received supported a theoretical framework on which to base an agenda. Respondents identified more problem areas in their practice than in research topics needing further exploration. Four themes, all falling under the overarching domain of patient safety, were identified. By identifying research priorities, INS will be able to guide the direction for research, focus the use of limited financial resources toward the most needed research, and use research to develop and support best practices for the infusion nursing specialty.

Clinical Instructor, Wayne State University College of Nursing, Detroit, Michigan (Ms Zugcic); Assistant Dean for Adult Health and Director of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Programs, Wayne State University College of Nursing, Detroit, Michigan (Dr Davis); Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wheaton Home Health & Hospice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Ms Gorski); and Chief Executive Officer, Infusion Nurses Society, Norwood, Massachusetts (Ms Alexander).

Corresponding Author: Mary Zugcic, MS, ACNS-BC, CRNI®, Wayne State University College of Nursing, #311 Cohn Building, 5557 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 (au1572@wayne.edu).

Mary Zugcic is a clinical instructor at Wayne State University College of Nursing and a board-certified clinical nurse specialist in adult health. Ms. Zugcic has many years of clinical experience in adult health and infusion nursing in various clinical and administrative roles and is currently teaching medical-surgical nursing.

Jean E. Davis is the Assistant Dean for Adult Health and Director of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Programs at Wayne State University College of Nursing. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Arizona, where she majored in clinical nursing research and physiology with a concentration in neurophysiology. Dr. Davis' area of research is sleep disruption in vulnerable populations with a special focus on the sleep of women. She currently studies nonpharmacological interventions and their effects on disrupted sleep patterns.

Lisa A. Gorski has more than 25 years of experience as a home care and infusion nurse. She works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wheaton Home Health & Hospice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has published extensively on infusion and home care topics in numerous journals and served as the 2007–2008 INS President.

Mary Alexander has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Infusion Nurses Society since 1997. With more than 30 years of experience, she has lectured and published extensively on infusion nursing. Her areas of expertise include infusion therapy with an emphasis on patient safety, practitioner competency, and standards development.

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