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Why research is vital

Marianne Ditomassi and colleagues describe the importance of research to patients, nurses and healthcare organisations.

Marianne Ditomassi and colleagues describe the importance of research to patients, nurses and healthcare organisations.

The future of health care will depend on how we respond to reform, financial and workforce constraints, government attempts to improve care quality and patient safety, and changes to technology and patient populations (Erickson et al 2015).

The nursing profession will play a prominent role in meeting these challenges, because nurses understand the importance of applying knowledge to the delivery of care.

Knowledge will make services safer, more patient-focused and cost effective. Consequently, research, which was once seen as ‘an appendage to nursing’ (Chater 1975), is becoming vital to the profession.

As nurse leaders, we can articulate the effect of nursing research on patient care and our profession.

Nursing research is integral to the development and implementation of a professional practice model. It sets a standard that can inform patient

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