Key Historical Developments in Nursing Research and Nursing Research Utilization

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Key Historical Developments
The purpose of this paper is to discuss four key historical developments in nursing research and its utilization. Nursing research is the “scientific process that validates and refines the existing knowledge and generates knowledge that directly and indirectly influences clinical nursing practice” (Burns & Grove, 2007, pg. 548). Whereas nursing research utilization, is the process of taking the products of nursing research and applying them to practice in order to improve patient care. This discussion will include the research advancements of Florence Nightingale and the creation of the National Center for Nursing Research (NCNR) and the publication of Image, the Sigma Theta Tau Journal, and the Conduct and
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This accomplishment meant that money is set aside to fund studies by nurses. Since its start, the NINR set five key research projects as their goal. They continue to work on these initial projects and add a new list of research priorities each year. According to the National Institutes of Health (2008) “NINR seeks to extend nursing science by integrating the biological and behavioral sciences, employing new technologies to research questions, improving research methods, and developing the scientists of the future” (para. 1). NINR funded research has focused on topics important to practicing nurses.
In 1967, the first issue of Image, the Journal for the honor society Sigma Theta Tau (1922), was published. By 1936, it became the first organization in the United States to fund nursing research. The Journal Image (now The Journal of Nursing Scholarship) was published in 1967 as part of the Society’s mission to disseminate nursing knowledge. Image evolved into a peer-reviewed scholarly nursing journal that is respected, as evidenced by its large global circulation. Today, the journal is published quarterly and presents research that is completed by nursing researchers as best practice, evidence-based practice guidelines resulting from the research data (Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2009). Current national performance improvement initiatives promoted by various agencies demand that nursing practice is evidence-based,

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