Barriers and Perceived Needs for Understanding and Using Research Among Emergency Nurses

Garrett K. Chan, Susan Barnason, Cynthia L. Dakin, Gordon Gillespie, Mary C. Kamienski, Stephen Stapleton, Jennifer Williams, Altair Juarez, Suling Li

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Introduction: Nurses are involved in conducting research and incorporating evidence into their practice. However, barriers exist at the individual, unit, and organizational level related to understanding, conducting, and evaluating the evidence. The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) conducted a study to understand levels of education in research, the extent of experience, and needs and barriers to research at the individual and organizational levels in emergency nursing. Methods: A cross-sectional survey design was used to poll members of the ENA. A 62-item survey instrument was designed to assess five areas: 1) nurses' research values, skills, experience, and awareness; 2) organizational settings' opportunities, barriers, and limitations to research; 3) nurses' understanding and comprehension of research and evidence; 4) presentation and accessibility of research; and 5) continuing educational topics to improve knowledge of the research process. Results: Respondents (n = 948) identified barriers at the individual level that included lack of knowledge about critiquing research studies and familiarity with the research process. Barriers at the unit level included obtaining help from administrators and other staff in starting a project or having the authority to change practice. Barriers at the institution level included lack of support systems such as protected time to conduct research or implement changes in practice. Discussion: Emergency nurses are highly motivated and interested in learning more about conducting and utilizing research to improve practice. Perceived personal, unit-based, and organizational barriers were identified through this research in an effort to highlight areas for improvement at the local and national levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Emergency Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency


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