Engaging Nursing Staff in Research: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Role in an Academic-Clinical Partnership

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid



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.


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.


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


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.

Related Topics

    loading  Loading Related Articles