• action research;
  • collaboration;
  • research

This paper focuses on the meaning and process of collaboration, particularly in the area of research and clinical practice. Much has been written about the existing gaps between research and the practice of nursing; however, action research is one mechanism that allows these elements to be drawn together. Research developed through collaborative participation has the potential to harness the energy, enthusiasm and talents of nurses at different levels and practice into a cohesive group motivated to achieve professional development and quality practice goals. Action research that is built on the philosophy of a quality within the process and significance of the group can lead to effective practice in nursing. Power can be found in partnership.