Nursing

Ask the expert: The importance of nursing research

Nurse Leader Insider, January 18, 2010

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This week, Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN, discusses the importance of nursing research and how to help those interested get started.

Q: A few of the nurses on my unit have approached me about nursing research. What information can I give them to help get them started in the process?

A: Nurse researchers can build excitement among staff nurses and all interdisciplinary team members by fostering nurses' interest and participation in evidence-based practice (EBP.) The purpose of conducting nursing research is to provide EBP for the discipline of nursing. EBP states that nursing practice should not be based solely on traditions or personal experience, but should be based on scientific research findings.

It is important to remember that EBP and nursing research are not one and the same. When nurses want to focus on making their practice evidence-based, they should quickly review what is currently being practiced and determine whether changes are needed.

To read more on nursing research, click here.

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