Research Priorities in Vascular Nursing

Hatton & Nunnelee (1995) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

vascular nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Only within the past decade has vascular nursing become recognized as a nursing specialty. There is a distinct body of knowledge that is shared among vascular nurses that is truly unique to this discipline. However, like so many other nursing specialties, vascular nursing is almost entirely founded on experience, tradition, and trial and error. Research is crucial to changing this phenomenon. Research must be focused on areas that are relevant and provide depth in the science underlying nursing practice.

What was the objective?

to answer the question what the most significant problems or questions affecting the welfare of patients with vascular disease are that can be solved or answered through nursing research

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 25 research questions

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 one to five important questions or issues relevant to the care of the vascular patient that could be answered or solved through nursing research, 182 individual research topics identified. Step 2: data processing: responses categorized, resulting in list of 135 items categorized into 15 categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each question. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate each question based on group median rating.

Which stakeholders took part?

Society for Vascular Nursing. Delphi round 1: 43 participants. Delphi round 2: 35 participants. Delphi round 3: 34 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

All experts were selected from the membership of the SVN. Experts were defined as those nurses actively engaged in the practice, education, or administration of vascular nursing and those actively engaged in research in vascular nursing. In addition, the panel must have met a minimum of one of the following criteria: (1) recognized by peers as a leader in vascular nursing, (2) conducted one or more research studies, (3) published in area of expertise, or (4) expressed a commitment to the advancement of nursing research.

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.