Inside best practice: Get buy-in from physicians on nursing research

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, March 24, 2009

By Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, director of nursing research and innovation at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

We have learned that many physicians do not understand the notion of nursing research because they believe only physicians do research. At Cleveland Clinic, we have had great success in getting physician buy-in by collaborating with them, asking their opinions, letting them know what were are doing, and asking if they want to be a co-investigator and have their name on the study.

Usually once physicians understand what it is you are trying to do and what the potential outcomes are, I have found that they are very willing to work with nurses and even talk about the importance of making nursing research happen. In fact, when a physician has a medical resident with questions on a topic they know I have done research on, they send their residents to me. That’s a huge message that shows the collaborative effort. It takes time to get to that point, but it really is important to collaborate.

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