Clarifying Research to Remove Nursing Care Barriers

Clarifying Research to Remove Nursing Care Barriers

Clarifying Research to Remove Nursing Care Barriers Submitted to OJIN: Dr. Jackie Owens, Editor Multiple factors impact nursing care, including the lack of confidence among nurses in research skills related to the research process and terminology, which compromise the desire to read, evaluate, and apply evidence-based findings in their practices. Although there is a plethora of applied published research and nurses perceive research valuable to improve patient care, there exists a research-practice gap barrier. Literature reveals that an overarching barrier to utilizing evidence-based findings is the negative connotation that the term research can represent, especially if exposure to the research process and terminology is limited or confusing. The purpose of this paper is to present a primer of the research process with clarifying terminology and examples threaded throughout each step to assist in appraising research studies for scientific merit. The goal is for nurses not to be turned-off by the word research as a barrier, but rather to embrace using the research process and incorporate evidenced-based research findings in daily practice for the benefit of their patients. Key Words: evidence-based; research barriers; sacred cows; research utilization; research methods; quantitative research; qualitative research; research skills; scientific rigor; appraising research
Sponsor: 
OJIN
Submission Date: 
May 29, 2013
Funding Status: 
Not Funded
Award Date: 
March 29, 2016

Author

Barbara Trent