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Blog spotlight: Get nursing research underway at your facility

Nurse Leader Insider, February 2, 2009

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Research is a high-focus area in nursing departments across the country. It is highly emphasized in the 2008 ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® Application Manual, which was released in October. In the new manual, the 14 Forces of Magnetism are now structured under 5 Model Components. Nursing research falls under Component IV: New knowledge, innovations, and improvements, and Component V: Empirical outcomes. Specifically, nurses are expected to conduct research projects.

When nurses conduct research, they have the ability to review literature articles and evidence-based practices to reflect upon their daily practice, identify areas for changes, and create positive outcomes.

One way to involve staff nurses in conducting research projects is by providing them with a list of journal Web sites. This makes searches for literature articles and information on evidence-based practice easier for staff nurses. Here is a list of seven Web sites staff nurses should explore when conducting literature searches:
1. Cumulative index to nursing and allied health literature
2. PubMed
3. Cochrane Database of Systematic Review 
4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 
5. Evidence-Based Nursing
6. National Library of Medicine
7. National Guideline Clearinghouse

Do you have other sites to share that you have found helpful?

Learn more about nursing research during HCPro's Workshop on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® in Phoenix on March 19-20.

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