Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2005

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Ruth Enestvedt


Nursing literature is rich with articles and studies in support of evidence-based practice. Health-care consumers today expect quality and excellence. As McSherry (1997) states, "'Patients', 'consumers'or'clients'are being encouraged to expect no less than a quality service and high standards of patient care from health professionals" (p. 985). The Magnet Recognition Program is one way to publicly recognize excellent nursing service. Using the 2003-2004 Magnet Recognition criteria within Standard Xlll is a way to evaluate the research environment of health-care facilities. The purpose of this study was to examine characteristics of the research environment of nursing departments within hospitals that are not currently awarded magnet status. This study replicated a study done in magnet hospitals and compared the results. Clear differences are evident in the indices of research conduct, research environment, use of research in practice, relationships between continuous improvement and research, and research collaborations. A model was also developed based on lmogene King's Dynamic lnteracting Systems Theory which demonstrates nursing leadership affect on evidence-based practice.


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