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2021 prov rn ca; 2021 prov rn poster; california; tarzana


Health and Medical Administration | Nursing


Background: The lack of leadership support and research knowledge are reported barriers nurses experience in conducting hospital-based research.

Purpose/aims: The purpose was to determine if nursing leadership's knowledge and support of nursing research could be improved through an interactive intervention and to identify their research needs.

Methods/Approach: Design: A translational research study (Doctor of Nursing Practice project) utilizing the Barriers to Nurses' Participation in Research Questionnaire was conducted. Sample: The sample consisted of an even distribution of managers/assistant managers, charge nurses, and directors/chief nursing operating officers. Of the 300 email invitations, 17 nursing leaders completed the pre-test and eight completed the post-test. Setting: Six hospitals within a large health care system in the United States consented to have their nursing leaders receive an email invitation to participate. Intervention: Nursing leaders were provided links for a pre-test, an interactive learning module on clinical scholarship (nursing research), and a post-test. Time frame: Surveys were collected August 19-October 14, 2020. Data: Demographics typical of nurses was collected, such as age, education, position, years of employment, along with perspectives of barriers to nursing research. The Barriers to Nurses' Participation in Research Questionnaire (BNPRQ) provided the basis for the data. The BNPRQ asked which barriers the nursing leader experienced such as lack of time, knowledge, mentors, infrastructure, incentives, nursing research council, leadership support, and training. Participants were given the opportunity to provide some qualitative answers. Paired and un-paired t-tests, descriptive statistics, and a qualitative analysis were performed.

Results: The pre-test group (n = 17) breakdown of nursing leaders was 5 CNOs/directors, 7 assistant managers/managers, and 5 charge nurses. The post-test group (n = 8) consisted of 3 CNOs/directors, 3 assistant nurse managers/managers, and 2 charge nurses. The Pre-test group (n = 17) cited "lack of time" as the number one barrier. Nearly 50% felt a lack of knowledge hindered, and 52.96% either strongly agreed or agreed that the intervention improved their research knowledge. Near this same percentage agreed that lack of time, mentors, and resources also hindered their ability to support or conduct research. However, in the qualitative portion, a lack of leadership support, lack of data collection/tools, need for a hospital-based nurse research mentor, and guidance for developing research inquiry were identified as gaps.

Conclusion: Nursing leaders in this sample reported many of the same barriers that front-line nurses experience including a lack of leadership support for engaging in research. The educational intervention improved nursing leaderships' knowledge and support of nursing research in half of the respondents.

Implications for practice: Hospitals may benefit from providing nurse leaders the basic tools of research, local leadership support, technical advising, and a designated nurse researcher contact in order to facilitate and support nursing research.


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2021 Providence RN Conference


Virtual Conference

Increasing Nursing Leaderships’ Knowledge and Support of Nursing Research