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Capacity for the advancement of nursing science: issues and challenges.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19022205     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine whether nursing is meeting its espoused goals of scientific development of the discipline and preparation for academic careers. With a comparative cross-sectional design, data on research funding, faculty number and characteristics, and the published literature across nursing, public health, and medicine were analyzed. Significant differences were found among the groups in terms of the number of National Institutes of Health research grants and the amount of funding awarded, as well as the number of faculty. The number of faculty significantly predicted the number of National Institutes of Health awards for all disciplines (R(2) = .666, P < .000). Within nursing, the number of full-time doctoral faculty was also significant (R(2) = .531, P < .000). The conclusion reached was that the current system for doctoral education in nursing does not prepare the number of graduates necessary to either replace retiring faculty or expand capacity. The lack of nurses with doctoral degrees affects the discipline's ability to generate and use high-impact science. Among the strategies for improvement were leveraging existing research-intensive schools by augmenting doctoral faculty and expanding the capability of nurses to engage in clinical scholarship through the new clinical doctorate, the doctor of nursing practice.
Kathleen M Potempa; Richard W Redman; Christine A Anderson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1532-8481     ISO Abbreviation:  J Prof Nurs     Publication Date:    2008 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-21     Completed Date:  2009-02-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511298     Medline TA:  J Prof Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  329-36     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Cultural Diversity
Education, Nursing, Graduate / organization & administration*
Efficiency, Organizational
Faculty, Nursing / organization & administration*
Health Services Needs and Demand
Journal Impact Factor*
Middle Aged
National Institute of Nursing Research (U.S.)
Needs Assessment
Nursing Research* / education,  organization & administration
Professional Autonomy*
Public Health
Research Support as Topic / organization & administration*
Statistics, Nonparametric
United States

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