Over the past several years, the Magnet Recognition Program® has greatly influenced hospital-based nursing. As a result, the need to educate clinical nurses on how to conduct research is now more important than ever. The just published Establishing a Research-Friendly Environment: A Hospital-Based Approach by Dorothy Y. Brockopp, Karen S. Hill, Andrew A. Bugajski, and Alexander J. Lengerich is a key resource for helping clinical nurses conduct or participate in research that leads to better health care in hospitals.
With more hospitals across the nation requiring that nurses have at least a bachelor's degree, practicing nurses are turning to new RN to BSN programs to remain competitive in the workplace. As hospitals compete for the coveted Magnet designation awarded by the American Nurses Association, nursing education is more important than ever. The New York Times reports that,