1. Include private-sector corporations in setting priorities for funding.

  2. Provide incentives for nurse researchers to be primary investigators on interdisciplinary research directed towards the clinical practice of nursing.

  3. Encourage joint programs among different institutions to help achieve ''critical mass" and to have the broadest possible impact.

Dissemination of Research Findings

Recommendation 5.4: Current efforts to disseminate research findings to nurses, other health care providers, and the public should be strengthened and expanded.

Rationale: The impact of research on nursing practice is enhanced by effectively communicating the research findings to nurses, other health care professionals, and the public. For this reason, it is important that the findings be published in peer-reviewed journals and other media—including nursing and interdisciplinary journals as well as the public press—that will reach the appropriate target audiences. An emphasis on interdisciplinary dissemination is particularly important in regard to occupational and environmental health research.

Strategies for Achieving Recommendation 5.4:

  1. In addition to publishing reports, articles, and other documents, the dissemination of environmental health research results at a wide variety of professional meetings should also be pursued (e.g., through presentations and posters).

  2. Researchers should be encouraged to share research instruments as a way of furthering the body of knowledge and the replication of studies.

  3. Focused research conferences on environmental health in nursing could be used to disseminate research findings to nurse clinicians and educators.

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