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  1. Johantgen, Meg PhD, RN
  2. Weiss, Marianne DNSc, RN
  3. Lundmark, Vicki PhD
  4. Newhouse, Robin PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  5. Haller, Karen PhD, RN, FAAN
  6. Unruh, Lynn PhD, RN, LHRM
  7. Shirey, Maria PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the infrastructures supporting research in Magnet(R) hospitals.


BACKGROUND: Hospitals undertaking the journey toward Magnet designation must build research and evidence-based practice (EBP) infrastructures that support the infusion of research and EBP into clinical practice.


METHODS: An electronic survey was developed and distributed to the chief nursing officer or Magnet coordinator of all Magnet hospitals between June 10, 2015, and July 8, 2015.


RESULTS: Of the 418 Magnet hospitals invited, 249 responses (60%) were received. Resources dedicated to nursing research were difficult to isolate from those for EBP. Supporting clinical nurses' time away from the bedside remains a challenge. Nearly half (44%) indicated that research is conducted within the nurses' usual clinical hours, and 40% indicated that nurses participate on their own time.


CONCLUSIONS: Hospitals use a variety of resources and mentor arrangements to support research and EBP, often the same resources. More targeted resources are needed to fully integrate research into clinical practice.