academic nurses, clinical nurse specialists, intervention studies



  1. Hendricks-Ferguson, Verna L. PhD, RN, CHPPN, FPCN, FAAN
  2. Barnes, Yvonne J. DNP, MSN, RN, CPNP
  3. Cherven, Brooke MPH, RN, CPON
  4. Stegenga, Kristin PhD, RN, CPON
  5. Roll, Lona MSN, RN
  6. Docherty, Sharon L. PhD, CPNP, FAAN
  7. Haase, Joan E. PhD, RN, FAAN


Evidence-based nursing is in the forefront of healthcare delivery systems. Federal and state agencies, academic institutions, and healthcare delivery systems recognize the importance of nursing research. This article describes the mechanisms that facilitate nursing partnerships yielding high-level research outcomes in a clinical setting. A phase-II multicenter behavioral intervention study with pediatric stem cell transplant patients was the context of this academic/clinical research partnership. Strategies to develop and maintain this partnership involved a thorough understanding of each nurse's focus and barriers. A variety of communication plans and training events maximized preexisting professional networks. Academic/clinical nurses' discussions identified barriers to the research process, the most significant being role conflict. Communication and validation of benefits to each individual and institution facilitated the research process during challenging times. Establishing strong academic/clinical partnerships should lead to evidence-based research outcomes for the nursing profession, healthcare delivery systems, and patients and families.