Research helps shape a profession’s discipline. Not only does research provide a mechanism for determining what works and what does not, but a research-based profession ensures that our practice is effective.11 In nursing, clinical research dates back to the days of Florence Nightingale. In the Crimea, Nightingale meticulously recorded the results of nursing interventions and initiated new procedures and methods that improved the outcomes of the patients under her care. Research was integrated into what she did every day, and she used the data to ensure that she could get what she needed for her charges.22 Today, clinical nursing research is done in some clinical areas, but it is far from integrated into what nurses do every day.33–,66 In fact, a common perception is that clinical research is something reserved...

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