Deciding on research in times of fiscal restraint: Can nursing risk the cost?

Lorna Butler

Abstract


When a hospital states that its mission includes a dedication to excellence in research, how existing resources are allocated to further research initiatives and support the development of clinical investigators requires careful consideration. This paper describes how the nursing division responded to the challenge of meeting the hospital's mission by developing a program of nursing research. Given the decentralization of the nursing division to six portfolios, the research component was aligned with oncology, one of the hospital's principal clinical thrusts of academic excellence. The identified roles of the vice-president, directors of nursing, head nurses, clinical nurse specialists, educators and the hiring of a clinical scientist to conceptualize the research model and move the research process into practice will be presented.

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