BACKGROUND: As patient needs become more complex in the critical care setting, nurses with increased clinical expertise are needed to expand the research knowledge base and apply existing knowledge in practice settings. PURPOSE: To review opportunities and resources that are available to facilitate nurses' involvement in critical care research: opportunities for participation in research, sources of ideas, human and financial resources, and ideas for the dissemination of research findings. CONCLUSIONS: Opportunities and resources available for critical care research are numerous, varied, and widely available. They should be used to advance the scientific bases for critical care practice.

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