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National Magnet Research Agenda

To establish a national research agenda for the growing Magnet community and keep the agenda current in the future, ANCC plans to conduct periodic surveys of nurse researchers and executive personnel in Magnet healthcare facilities about what they believe to be the most important research priorities for healthcare organizations.

The first National Magnet Research Agenda Study was carried out between October 2005 and February 2006. Of the 162 organizations invited to participate (those holding Magnet recognition as of July 2005), 79 (48.8%) participated in the nurse researchers survey and 104 (64.2%) in the executives survey. A total of 348 nursing research committee members and 232 executives returned survey responses.

The survey presented a list of 61 topics that were generated by literature searches, reviewed by an expert panel, and organized into five categories. The 26 research topics shown below were judged of highest priority by both respondent groups. As reported in the July-September 2007 issue of Journal of Nursing Care Quality, a striking finding of the initial Magnet National Research Agenda Study was the high degree of consensus expressed about research priorities between the nurse and nonnurse respondents.

National Magnet Research Priorities

Clinical Outcomes

  • quality of care
  • errors
  • adverse events
  • injuries
  • functional outcomes

Satisfaction (Patient, Nurse)

  • patient satisfaction with overall nursing care
  • patient satisfaction with pain management
  • RN satisfaction with current job
  • RN satisfaction with physician-nurse relationships
  • RN satisfaction with management/administration

Organizational/Practice Environment

  • evidence-based practice
  • effective leaders
  • quality improvement processes
  • staff relationships
  • failure to rescue

Human Resources

  • adequacy of nurse staffing
  • RN retention
  • RN education levels
  • advanced practice nurses as knowledge resources
  • RN vacancy rates
  • RN certification levels
  • support service staff

Financial and Material Resources

  • cost savings due to improved patient safety
  • cost savings due to RN retention
  • professional development opportunities
  • funds for professional development