1. Sun, Carolyn PhD, RN, ANP-BC
  2. Prufeta, Patricia DNP, RN, NEA-BC


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify clinical nursing research priorities among nurse managers (NMs).


BACKGROUND: Determining research priorities is the 1st step toward building a solid evidence base for clinical practice. NMs are well poised to identify research priorities, and yet, a literature review revealed a dearth of research priorities as determined by clinical NMs.


METHODS: Using a Delphi survey, 38 NMs were queried at a large, urban hospital regarding critical priorities for nursing research.


RESULTS: Critical priorities for clinical nursing research included nursing workforce/nursing workflow and communication (categorized as critical by 68% and 53% of NMs, respectively). Other important priorities focused on falls/patient safety/hospital-acquired infections, patient/family satisfaction, emergency preparedness, patient outcomes, and collaboration/interdisciplinary research.


CONCLUSIONS: Because NMs are positioned to direct clinical research agendas, the results provide a critical guide for policy development surrounding nursing research. Directing research toward these identified topics will help build a solid evidence base for nurses and ultimately improve patient outcomes.