Clinical nursing research priorities in Australian critical care: a pilot study


  • John Daly RN BA BHSc(Nsg) MEd(Hons) PhD MINA FCN(NSW) FRCNA,

    Corresponding author
    1. Associate Professor of Nursing, The University of Western Sydney, Macarthur
    • Dr J Daly, Division of Nursing The University of Western Sydney Macarthur, PO Box 555 Campbelltown New South Wales 2560, Australia

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  • Esther M L Chang RN BAppSc(Nsg) DipNEd MEdAdmin PhD FCN(NSW),

    1. Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury
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  • Pamela F Bell RN CM BA(Hons) DipNEd PhD FCN(NSW)

    1. Professor of Nursing, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
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The aims of this research project were to identify areas for research in Australian critical care nursing with potential for improvement in patient care, and to advise nursing research policy and priorities with relevance to areas of patients’needs Research participants represented a national sample of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and clinical nurse consultants (CNCs) The Delphi method was used to obtain the most reliable consensus of the specialist nurses, and over 238 research priorities were identified initially In the final phase of the research nine high priorities were identified The findings of this study suggest directions for clinical nursing research in critical care