Nursing Administration Research Priorities. Findings from a Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

nursing administration

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Previously known as the Council of Graduate Educators in Administrative Nursing, CGEANprovides an avenue for researchers and educators focused on NAR to partner, dialogue, obtain funding resources, and present their findings at a biennial International Nursing Administration Research Conference (INARC). In late 2013, with a goal of building consensus, CGEAN convened an INARC postconference to initiate the process of establishing critical NAR priorities for the future.

What was the objective?

to determine the priorities for nursing administration research in the United States

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 33 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to identify important concepts and problem areas they believed were administrative research priorities in nursing, nominal group technique was used to promote brainstorming and sharing of opinions, more than 75 original ideas were generated, recorded and displayed for participants to view, each idea was then discussed and categorized into broader conceptual group, resulting in 47 condensed topics, multi-voting process then used to cluster and rank order the list of topics. Step 2: Delphi round 2: extensive review of publications completed to identify essential priorities across time, data from literature review and round 1 were clustered into common themes, final agreement on items reached. Step 3: Delphi round 3: survey presenting 8 areas and 33 topics of administrative research, participants were asked to rate each topic

Which stakeholders took part?

Clinicians, nurses, administrator, faculty, consultants. 60 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

All active CGEAN members were recruited.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.