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  1. Pintz, Christine PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP
  2. Zhou, Qiuping (Pearl) PhD, RN
  3. McLaughlin, Maureen Kirkpatrick PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC
  4. Kelly, Katherine Patterson PhD, RN
  5. Guzzetta, Cathie E. PhD, RN, FAAN


OBJECTIVE: To describe the research infrastructure, culture, and characteristics of building a nursing research program in Magnet(R)-designated hospitals.


BACKGROUND: Magnet recognition requires hospitals to conduct research and implement evidence-based practice (EBP). Yet, the essential characteristics of productive nursing research programs are not well described.


METHODS: We surveyed 181 nursing research leaders at Magnet-designated hospitals to assess the characteristics in their hospitals associated with research infrastructure, research culture, and building a nursing research program.


RESULTS: Magnet hospitals provide most of the needed research infrastructure and have a culture that support nursing research. Higher scores for the 3 categories were found when hospitals had a nursing research director, a research department, and more than 10 nurse-led research studies in the past 5 years.


CONCLUSIONS: While some respondents indicated their nurse executives and leaders support the enculturation of EBP and research, there continue to be barriers to full implementation of these characteristics in practice.