Building Research Infrastructure in Magnet® Hospitals: Current Status and Future Directions

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Abstract

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.

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