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Ask the expert: Communicating change after conducting nursing research

Nurse Leader Insider, June 21, 2010

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This week, Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN, discusses the importance of communicating proposed changes after the completion of nursing research.

Q: Nursing research in my organization has just been completed. Can you suggest some effective ways to reach out to staff to make them aware of the results and potential changes?

A: When changes are proposed based on research findings, the research should communicate these changes with confidence to the agencies or units affected. A sense of purpose must be identified, and a commitment to help promote change should be encouraged. Follow-up evaluation and maintenance of the change should occur in a timely manner. When creating an effective dissemination plan, the researcher should consider the following:

  • Goals and objectives of the research: The goal should be specific and clearly communicated. Collaborate with existing relationships and networks as much as possible.
  • The audiences that will most benefit from the study's findings: Remember not to overload them with statistical analysis. Use appropriate language geared toward your audience.

To read additional ways to communicate change after research findings, click here.

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