Integrating nurse researchers in clinical practice: a challenging, but necessary task for nurse leaders

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  • Bibi Hølge-Hazelton
  • Mette Kjerholt
  • Connie Bøttcher Bertelsen
  • Thora Grothe Thomsen
Aim: To create awareness among nurse leaders, of what they may need toconsider, when integrating nurse researchers as advanced nurse practitioners(ANP) at PhD-level among their staff.
Background: In a time of transition nurse leaders may be challenged by the change towards evidence-based clinical nursing, including integrating nurse researchers in ANP positions.
Methods: A collective case study including three ANPs took place at a large regional hospital in Denmark. The cases were first analysed by focusing on the generic features, functions and skills of ANPs, and second by focusing on the approaches to evidence-based practice seen in the cases.
Results: Regardless of same position, formal level of research expertise and overall responsibility, different approaches related to each ANPs professional profile, interest, academic ambitions and personality were seen.
Conclusion: Nurse leaders must ensure a process where the content and expectations of the particular role are mutually clarified and adjusted to the individual ANP and to the specific context, in order to create a harmonious match. Implications for nursing management In order to clarify expectations regarding the inclusion of nurse researchers as ANPs at PhD level, the paper provides firm recommendations that may guide the process.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)465–474
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

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