Development of a nursing research utilization program in a clinical oncology setting: organization, implementation, and evaluation.

D. B. McGuire, J. R. Walczak, S. L. Krumm

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Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe a research utilization program in the nursing department of a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, including prerequisites for its development, its relationship to the department's nursing research program, the research utilization model used in the program, and evolution, evaluation, and future directions of the program. DATA SOURCES: Computerized literature searches; published articles, abstracts, and books; personal communications; departmental, committee, and task force meetings; nursing grand rounds; workshops; and inhouse surveys of nursing staff. DATA SYNTHESIS: Review and use of available information led to a comprehensive, multicomponent, departmental research utilization program that addressed issues raised in both the literature and in clinical practice. CONCLUSIONS: The nursing department was able to implement a research utilization program under the aegis of its research program that was consistent with the department's philosophy, goals, and organizational structure. Although many challenges and issues arose, ongoing evaluation measures indicate wide acceptance, successful implementation and direct influence on practice. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: With strong administrative support, a departmental nursing research utilization program that enables participation of nursing staff and results in research-based practice and professional development can be implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-710
Number of pages7
JournalOncology nursing forum
Volume21
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

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