STTI book inspires a new generation of nursing researchers

11 March 2014
Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications 
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
STTI book inspires a new generation of nursing researchers
Authors present user-friendly guide for conducting research in a clinical setting
INDIANAPOLIS — Recent trends suggest an increase in nurses using research, especially during their first five years of practice (Implementation Science, 2012*). Now, two leading nurse researchers are offering practical tips for nurses to use to develop and strengthen their research skills in a clinical setting.
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Anatomy of Research for Nurses by Christine Hedges, PhD, RN, APN, and Barbara Williams, PhD, RN, APN, is a practical guide for the neophyte nurse researcher on the front line. 
Research can often be difficult and time-consuming, especially for nurses with busy patient care units. Hedges and Williams strive to make the seemingly daunting process easy to implement by taking readers step-by-step through the research process, covering topics from formulating a hypothesis to the legal and ethical issues involved in performing and funding a research study.
Through real-world examples, Q&A sidebars, and detailed application exercises, the authors cover the basics of performing nursing research with a user-friendly, never-before-applied anatomical approach. While many research books are geared toward academia, Anatomy of Research for Nurses is designed for use in the clinical setting.
With the current state of American health care and the effects of the Affordable Care Act, it is now more important than ever for frontline nurses to claim their rightful place as leaders in health care. Hedges and Williams say that one way nurses can answer this call is by conducting research in the clinical setting, thereby generating evidence for high quality, safe nursing practice. The authors hope this book will serve as both a resource and impetus for nurses to do just that.
“As we seek to deliver better, faster, and more affordable care for more patients, nurses are challenged as never before to provide evidence-based care,” said Mary Tonges, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at University of North Carolina Hospitals. “The conventional wisdom, ‘Do more with less,’ is not the solution. We are obligated to do only the right things and do them as cost-effectively as possible. This book guides direct-care nurses in using and generating the evidence required to achieve quality with economy — the outcome we seek for our profession.”
Anatomy of Research for Nurses is available at
Anatomy of Research for Nurses 
By Christine Hedges, PhD, RN, APN, and Barbara Williams, PhD, RN, APN 
ISBN-13: 9781938835117     
Published by STTI, 2014
Price: US $44.95. Soft cover, 352 pages. Trim size: 7⅜ x 9⅛
About the authors: 
Christine Hedges, PhD, RN, APN, is the Director of Nursing Quality and Research at University of North Carolina Health Care. An expert researcher with experience in university and evidence-based practice (EPB) settings, Hedges has authored numerous data-based articles, commentaries, and book chapters and has spoken nationally about sleep, research translation, and EBP. Additionally, she is a past research column editor and a member of the editorial board of AACN Advanced Critical Care, and she is a peer reviewer for numerous nursing journals.
Barbara Williams, PhD, RN, APN, is a nurse scientist at Meridian Health Ann May Center for Nursing and Allied Health. She chairs the New Knowledge Congress and coordinates the Specialty Scholar Program at Meridian Health, and teaches research and EBP at William Paterson University, where she also advises graduate students in the development and completion of research proposals. In addition, Williams is a peer reviewer for Research in Nursing & Health.
* Wallin, Lars, Petter Gustavsson, Anna Ehrenberg, and Ann Rudman. 2012. A modest start, but a steady rise in research use: a longitudinal study of nurses during the first five years in professional life. Implementation Science 7:19.
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