During your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, you’ll be exposed to nursing research. You’ll learn how it is conducted and how to carry out your own research projects. You’ll also learn how to put insights learned in research to work in clinical practice. Here are four reasons why nursing research is so important.
- Nursing research helps patients: First and foremost, the advances in practice developed by nursing research lead directly to better patient care. In addition to identifying new techniques and strategies, nursing research can help set best-practice standards for established nursing methods.
- Nursing research helps nurses: Research in nursing builds a professional body of evidence and data that nurses can use. Instead of re-inventing the wheel with every patient, nurses can refer to the practices and procedures best supported by nursing evidence and put them to work.
- Nursing research can shape policies: Nursing research provides evidence that can have an impact across the entire health care system. Overwhelming evidence in favor of a specific intervention or strategy can lead to its becoming a standard practice at the local, state, or national level. By having an impact on policy, nursing research advances the profession into the future.