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  1. Chipps, Esther Maria PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  2. Joseph, M. Lindell PhD, RN, FAAN, FAONL
  3. Alexander, Catherine DNP, MPH, RN
  4. Lyman, Bret PhD, RN
  5. McGinty, Logan BS, RN
  6. Nelson-Brantley, Heather PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  7. Parchment, Joy PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  8. Rivera, Reynaldo R. DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  9. Schultz, Mary Anne PhD, MBA, MSN, RN
  10. Ward, Danielle M. MBA, CFRE
  11. Weaver, Susan PhD, RN, CRNI, NEA-BC


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify and prioritize research topics for nursing administration and leadership science.


BACKGROUND: Nursing administration and leadership research priorities should provide a framework for building the science needed to inform practice.


METHODS: The Association for Leadership Science in Nursing (ALSN) and American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Foundation (AONL-F) for Nursing Leadership and Education collaborated on a Delphi study. Initial input on research priority items were received from ALSN and AONL members. National experts participated in a 3-round Delphi study.


RESULTS: Top-ranked priorities included: 1) nurses' health, well-being, resiliency, and safety in the workplace; 2) developing and managing a nursing workforce to meet current and future healthcare needs; 3) healthy work/practice environments for direct care nurses; 4) healthy work/ practice environments for nurse leaders; 5) quantification of nursing's value across the healthcare delivery system; and 6) nurse leader development and essential competencies.


CONCLUSIONS: Researchers and funders should use these priorities to guide future studies.