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Authors

  1. Kelly, Katherine Patterson PhD, RN
  2. Turner, Annette MSN, RN
  3. Speroni, Karen Gabel PhD, RN
  4. McLaughlin, Maureen Kirkpatrick PhD, RN
  5. Guzzetta, Cathie E. PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the facilitators and hindrances associated with the conduct of registered nurse-led research in US hospitals.

 

BACKGROUND: Hospital-based nursing research programs are growing in response to increasing emphasis on evidence-based practice. Concerns existed about institutional regulations prohibiting staff nurses' ability to be principal investigators of their research studies.

 

METHODS: Comments from the Hospital-Based Nursing Research Requirements and Outcomes national survey regarding facilitators and hindrances of conducting nursing research in hospitals were analyzed using content analysis.

 

RESULTS: Comments from 95% of surveys were classified into 24 facilitator and hindrance codes. Both Magnet(R) and non-Magnet hospitals identified the presence of a research mentor as the top facilitator. In non-Magnet hospitals, the top hindrance was a lack of a research mentor as compared with Magnet hospitals, which reported lack of time.

 

CONCLUSIONS: The presence of a research mentor is the most important facilitator for hospital nursing research. Findings provide data to inform research program development.