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Wolters Kluwer

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The Journal of Nursing Administration

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the infrastructures supporting research in Magnet® hospitals.

BACKGROUND: Hospitals undertaking the journey toward Magnet designation must build research and evidence-based practice (EBP) infrastructures that support the infusion of research and EBP into clinical practice.

METHODS: An electronic survey was developed and distributed to the chief nursing officer or Magnet coordinator of all Magnet hospitals between June 10, 2015, and July 8, 2015.

RESULTS: Of the 418 Magnet hospitals invited, 249 responses (60%) were received. Resources dedicated to nursing research were difficult to isolate from those for EBP. Supporting clinical nurses’ time away from the bedside remains a challenge. Nearly half (44%) indicated that research is conducted within the nurses’ usual clinical hours, and 40% indicated that nurses participate on their own time.

CONCLUSIONS: Hospitals use a variety of resources and mentor arrangements to support research and EBP, often the same resources. More targeted resources are needed to fully integrate research into clinical practice.


Accepted version. Journal of Nursing Administration, Vol. 47, No. 4 (April 2017): 198-204. DOI. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Used with permission.

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