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  1. Silka, Christina R. MSN, RN, CAPA
  2. Stombaugh, Heather A. BS, CCRP
  3. Horton, Judith MSN, RN, BC
  4. Daniels, Rebecca MLS


Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and use of research in a large nonacademic health system prior to and following a 6-month intervention.


Background: Many organizations have begun to implement a variety of research-oriented activities to build interest in and support of nursing research.


Methods: Nurses were surveyed to measure attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors related to nursing research and familiarity with available resources. Barriers to conducting research were identified.


Results: Nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher reported a greater degree of support and knowledge and higher level of familiarity with resources than did diploma/associate degree nurses.


Conclusions: Outcomes suggest that implementation of the components of a typical nursing research program may help to improve nurses' attitudes and knowledge of research. Affecting behaviors requires a more targeted approach.