Nursing Research Activities In New York State are Alive and Well: A Survey of Selected Acute Care Facilities and Schools of Nursing

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This survey was conducted to assess the nature and extent of nursing research activities in acute care facilities and schools of nursing in New York state. A questionnaire was mailed to 269 acute care facilities and 42 schools of nursing with a response rate of 29%. Sixty-seven percent of acute facilities and 100% of schools responding reported participating in nursing research activities. Sixty-eight percent of the acute care facilities and 67% of the schools of nursing that participated in research activities reported that nursing research was included in staff job descriptions. The findings revealed that the organizational environment in schools was more supportive of research activities than in acute care facilities. Despite changes in health care, including overall downsizing and deletion of nursing research positions, acute care facilities and schools of nursing reported an increase in quality and quantity of research from 1992-1996 compared to 1988-1991.

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