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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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Clinical Nurse Specialist

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DOI: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000216; PubMed PMID: 27309784


Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe the processes of exploring and implementing an academic-clinical study, engaging nursing staff in research, and maintaining their enthusiasm within the context of an academic-clinical research partnership.

Description: The core competencies of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role address evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research. Studies and exemplars of the CNS role in the literature illustrate expert practitioner and facilitator of evidence-based practice, but less attention is given to methods used by the CNS to engage staff in clinical research.

Outcome: The CNS was successful in obtaining staff engagement in the research project from exploration through sustainment.

Conclusion: Collaborative research between academic and clinical partners enhances the educational and professional environment for students and clinicians, promotes evidence-based practice, and from this project may promote Veteran and family-centered care. The CNS played a key role in engaging and sustaining staff commitment, which contributed to the success of this study.


Accepted Version. Clinical Nurse Specialist, Vol. 30, No. 4 (July/August 2016): 203-207. DOI. © 2016 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Used with permission.

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