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  1. Murphy, Lyn Stankiewicz PhD, MBA, RN
  2. Scott, Elaine S. PhD, RN, NE-BC
  3. Warshawsky, Nora E. PhD, RN, CNE


The nature and focus of nursing administrative research have evolved over time. Recently, the research agenda has primarily reflected the national health policy agenda. Although nursing research has traditionally been dominated by clinical interests, nursing administrative research has historically addressed the interface of reimbursement, quality, and care delivery systems. This article traces the evolution of nursing administrative research to answer questions relevant to scope, practice, and policy and suggests future directions.