Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program

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Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program

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  • Nancy Albert PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM

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“I have not seen another book that covers this topic in such a comprehensive manner. This would be a good resource for any hospital that is planning to implement a nursing research program.Score: 97 - 5 Stars!”

—Michalene A King, PhD, RN, CNE, Robert Morris University, Doody's Reviews

This text provides a roadmap for developing and nurturing nursing research programs in complex hospital environments. Written by experienced clinical researchers who have successfully implemented these techniques in the Cleveland Clinic, the handbook shows nurses how to build and sustain a research program, a fundamental requirement for transforming patient care and administrative practices and obtaining and sustaining American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet program recognition. The book demonstrates, step by step, how leaders and staff can integrate nursing research into the workflow of complex health care environments. It provides a framework for developing horizontal and vertical structures that promote the creation of new knowledge and for enhancing the scientific foundation of nursing evidence. With a focus on practical applications, the book addresses the structures, systems, processes, and resources required for creating and maintaining a research program, along with methods for its evaluation.

The handbook describes foundational principles that apply to hospitals of all sizes (including ambulatory centers and hospitals without extensive resources), and provides concrete guidance for adapting structures and processes to fit the needs of hospitals with varied nursing staff sizes and program goals. Replete with a wealth of ideas and strategies, it provides detailed templates that will assist novice and more experienced researchers, offers guidelines for committees to support nursing research within a hospital, and discusses the "who," "what," and "why" of systems that enhance workflow. Chapters offer experiential stories written by nurses who describe the "real world" experiences of implementing clinical research in their practice. Tables and figures further illuminate information.


  • Written by experienced researchers who have implemented the techniques used in this book
  • Provides a framework adaptable for use with hospitals of all sizes
  • Includes guidelines for committees/councils to support nursing research within the organization
  • Discusses processes and systems that enhance collaboration and workflow
  • Offers stories from the field by nurses about lessons learned from their research experiences

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 13, 2015
  • Page Count 272
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826128140

About The Author(s) 

Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, is the associate chief nursing officer of the Office of Research and Innovation, Nursing Institute, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Cleveland, Ohio, and a clinical nurse specialist at the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. She is also an adjunct associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio, and a full professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

As associate chief nursing officer of the Office of Research and Innovation, Dr. Albert administers and provides services throughout the Cleveland Clinic Health System, conducts her own program of research, and mentors nurses in research and evidence-based practice. Dr. Albert is also an external consultant and educator to nurses and health care teams wishing to promote evidence-based nursing practices, nursing research, and nursing innovations. Dr. Albert was given the Nurse of the Year award from the Greater Cleveland Center for Health Affairs (2000); the Partners in Research award from the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies, University of South Florida (2006); and the first annual Researcher of the Year award from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (2007). She was named the Distinguished Research Lecturer by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in 2013, and received the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. In October 2015, Dr. Albert was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses as a fellow. Dr. Albert has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles in nursing and medical journals, written book chapters, and presented nationally and internationally. She is the first past president of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and volunteers on national committees for multiple medical, nursing, and health care organizations.

Table of Contents 





1. Creating a Vision for Nursing Research by Understanding Benefits

Mark McClelland and Nancy M. Albert

2. Planning and Implementing a Clinical Research Program Infrastructure

Nancy M. Albert

3. Building Blocks for a Strong Nursing Research Program

Sandra L. Siedlecki

4. Role of Research and Evidence-Based Practice Councils

Christian Burchill

5. Roles of the Institutional Review Board and Research Compliance Expectations

Linda J. Lewicki and Peggy Beat

6. Quality Oversight of Nursing Research

Joel D. Roach

7. Moving Past Traditional Nursing Research Program Barriers Toward Success

Esther I. Bernhofer

8. Translating Research Into Clinical Practice

Nancy M. Albert, Roberta Cwynar, and Donna M. Ross

9. Disseminating Research

Jeanne Sorrell and Tonya Rutherford-Hemming

10. Evaluating Your Nursing Research Program and Nurturing It for Long-Term Success

Nancy M. Albert and Sandra L. Siedlecki

11. Lessons Learned From Nurses Conducting Research

Jayne S. Rosenberger, Susan J. McCrudden, and Mary Beth Modic