Staff nurses' attitudes toward nursing research: a descriptive survey


Dr A. C. Bostrom, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing. Michigan, USA.


Staff nurse involvement in clinical nursing research is dependent on the attitudes nurses hold toward research. An exploration of these attitudes was undertaken in a 464-bed midwestern teaching hospital as it developed its nursing research procedures. A questionnaire was developed which incorporated the Boothe Attitudes on Nursing Research Scale. All registered nurses (n= 925) at the facility were surveyed with a response rate of 77.8% (n= 720). Findings indicated that many nurses were interested in research and believed that the institution would support research activities and the implementation of research findings. Some deterrences to conducting research included: time, lack of knowledge, and the nurses's perception of the supervisory support and the research support services.