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academic-clinical partnership, clinical nurse specialists, competency, research



  1. Gettrust, Lynn MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
  2. Hagle, Mary PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
  3. Boaz, Lesley PhD, GNP, FNP
  4. Bull, Margaret PhD, RN


Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe the processes of exploring and implementing an academic-clinical study, engaging nursing staff in research, and maintaining their enthusiasm within the context of an academic-clinical research partnership.


Description: The core competencies of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role address evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research. Studies and exemplars of the CNS role in the literature illustrate expert practitioner and facilitator of evidence-based practice, but less attention is given to methods used by the CNS to engage staff in clinical research.


Outcome: The CNS was successful in obtaining staff engagement in the research project from exploration through sustainment.


Conclusion: Collaborative research between academic and clinical partners enhances the educational and professional environment for students and clinicians, promotes evidence-based practice, and from this project may promote Veteran and family-centered care. The CNS played a key role in engaging and sustaining staff commitment, which contributed to the success of this study.