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Concurrently, nurses are assuming increased decision-making responsibility for the delivery of health care, and they can be expected to continue to assume greater responsibility in the future. Therefore, the timeliness and desirability of identifying directions for nursing research that should receive priority in funding and effort in the 1980s is apparent. Nursing research develops knowledge about health and the promotion of health over the full lifespan, care of persons with health problems and disabilities, and nursing actions to enhance the ability of individuals to respond effectively to actual or potential health problems. These foci of nursing research complement those of biomedical research, which is primarily concerned with causes and treatments of disease. Research conducted by nurses includes various types of studies in order to derive clinical interventions to assist those who require nursing care. The complexity of nursing research and its broad scope often require
scientific underpinning from several disciplines. Hence, nursing research cuts across traditional research lines, and draws its methods from several fields. Priority should be given to nursing research that would generate knowledge to guide practice in: 1. Promoting health, well-being, and competency for personal care among all age groups; 2. Preventing health problems throughout the life span that have the potential to reduce productivity and satisfaction; 3. Decreasing the negative impact of health problems on coping abilities, productivity, and life satisfaction of individuals and families; 4. Ensuring that the care needs of particularly vulnerable groups are met through appropriate strategies; 5. Designing and developing health care systems that are cost-effective in meeting the nursing needs of the population.
Institute of Medicine (US) Division of Health Care Services. Nursing and Nursing Education: Public Policies and Private Actions. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1983. Appendix 8, Nursing Research: Definitions and Directions. Available from: Nursing research has a tremendous influence on current and future professional nursing practice, thus rendering it an essential component of the educational process. the role of nurse has evolved significantly. Nurses work in a variety of settings, including the hospital, the classroom, the community health department, the business sector, home health care, and the laboratory. Although each role carries different responsibilities, the primary goal of a professional nurse remains the same: to be the client's
advocate and provide optimal care on the basis of evidence obtained through research.

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