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Nursing Research Program Builder: Strategies to Translate Findings into Practice

Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN


Nursing research isn't only found in journals-you can do it too!

If the word “research” makes your staff feel overwhelmed or queasy, Nursing Research Program Builder: Strategies to Translate Findings into Practice is your solution.

Many nurses want to use research to find their own answers to clinical questions, but they don’t know where to begin. After mastering evidence-based practice (EBP), conducting your own research is an important step in embracing nursing excellence and building a culture of quality. And nursing research can be an integral part of working toward ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®* designation.

Nursing Research Program Builder: Strategies to Translate Findings into Practice will give you or your nurses the strategies and tools you need to conduct your own research. This resource gives you:

  • Practical guidance and advice on getting started
  • Key strategies that walk you through the research process
  • Sample templates for all the documentation required by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)
  • Tips to motivate, inspire, and help get everyone involved
  • A CD-ROM loaded with customizable tools and checklists


Whether you have already implemented EBP and are ready to take the next step, or you are working toward ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® designation, Nursing Research Program Builder: Strategies to Translate Findings into Practice gives you the simple strategies you need to get your research initiative up and running.

This how-to guide will save you time and stress by breaking the research process down into easily understandable steps that walk you through what to do, why, and when. This resource will:

  • Give you the knowledge and confidence to begin a successful research project
  • Show you how to structure your own process through a case example used throughout the text
  • Offer practical strategies to encourage everyone to participate in the research process
  • Allow you to integrate research into efforts to obtain ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® designation
  • Save you time through the customizable forms on the accompanying CD-ROM
  • Increase nurse satisfaction by guiding them as they conduct research they can use to change practices and improve patient care


About the author

Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN, is an advanced nurse practitioner who currently works at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines, FL. She is an ANCC-certified family nurse practitioner who works in sub-acute geriatric services. She presently serves on an institutional review board and serves as an alternate on the research and development committee. She has given numerous presentations on evidence-based practice and the importance of research. Flaugher currently serves as a research consultant in geriatric services and publishes articles focusing on nursing issues.

Marquetta Flaugher has declared that she has no commercial/financial vested interest in this activity.


Take a look at the table of contents

Chapter 1: Why Nursing Research Is Important
Chapter 2: Energizing and Motivating Nurses
Chapter 3: Choosing a Topic
Chapter 4: Research Design
Chapter 5: Sample Selection
Chapter 6: Institutional Review Boards and Research and Development
Chapter 7: Methodology and Measurement Instruments
Chapter 8: Statistical Analysis
Chapter 9: Critiquing the Research
Chapter 10: Communicating the Results
Chapter 11: Poster and Abstract Presentations
Chapter 12: Seeking Funding for Research
Chapter 13: ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® and the Importance of Nursing Research
Chapter 14: Translating Findings into Practice


Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the history of nursing research
  • Discuss the current view of nursing research
  • Identify the benefits of nursing research
  • Explain ways to motivate others
  • Discuss ways to increase nursing research participation among staff nurses
  • Identify non-monetary rewards that can be used to motivate staff
  • Define the Three-A Formula
  • Explain how to conduct a literature review
  • Describe how to evaluate strength of evidence
  • Describe how to evaluate reliability
  • Identify elements of a research design
  • Describe the importance of ethics in nursing research
  • Review types of research designs
  • Discuss threats to internal and external validity
  • Explain the role of Institutional Review Boards (IRB)
  • Distinguish the role of research and development (R&D) from IRB
  • Discuss the IRB’s focus on ethics
  • Identify information that must be submitted to the IRB
  • Discuss the IRB’s oversight of safety issues in relation to sentinel/adverse events
  • Explain the differences between probability and non-probability sampling
  • Discuss ways to identify suitable samples
  • Define vulnerable populations for sample selection
  • Discuss effective methods for recruitment and retention of subjects
  • Explain how to evaluate measurement tools
  • Discuss best practices for choosing measurement tools
  • Explain statistical analysis
  • Describe techniques for using statistical analysis to examine research findings
  • Discuss ways to critically analyze statistical findings
  • Describe ways to effectively communicate research findings
  • Discuss key points in a research summary statement
  • Discuss the components needed to critique a quantitative research study
  • Discuss the components needed to critique a qualitative research study
  • Describe tips for effective poster presentations
  • Identify appropriate information to be included on research abstracts
  • Identify sources for funding of nursing research
  • Describe basic guidelines for writing successful grant applications
  • Discuss components of a nursing research budget
  • Discuss how nursing research fits into the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®
  • Discuss strategies for incorporating research findings into nursing practice

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Published: May 2008