Clarifying the Conundrum: Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement, or Research?: The Clinical Scholarship Continuum

J Nurs Adm. 2017 May;47(5):266-270. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000477.


Nurses' active involvement in clinical scholarship is necessary to advance the nursing profession and improve patient outcomes. Yet, definitional confusion and numerous barriers exist to clinical scholarship in and across academic and patient care settings. We discuss factors that pose barriers to the continuum of clinical scholarship and suggest opportunities for clinician-researcher collaborations that promote nurses' engagement in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Practice / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nursing Research / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Quality Improvement / organization & administration*
  • Research Personnel*
  • United States