Research at the bedside makes a difference for our patients—and also for our nurses. However, it is now time to broaden our focus from research on interventions or events at a narrow point in time to research that addresses care across the continuum.

This continuum may start at a point of injury, such as the battlefield, through en route care delivered during the 8000 mile journey home for our wounded warriors; or for critically ill patients as they move between the emergency department, operating room, and the intensive care unit. This focus also requires researchers to consider “care within context,” that is, research and evidence-based practice tailored to the unique conditions of the care environment. Beyond conducting research and developing new knowledge, is the challenge of translating evidence into practice. A culture of inquiry is a critical element to the successful translation of...

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