Nursing Knowledge Resources

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Nursing Knowledge Resources Within the past decade, several nursing resources have become available to support nursing research and advance nursing practice. This paper will describe important benefits of two organizations and their contribution to evidence-based nursing practice.
Founded in 1922, The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to “improve the health of people worldwide through leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research” (STTI, n.d., p.2). As a leader in the development and communication of knowledge to improve nursing practice, STTI became the first U.S. organization to fund nursing research in 1936. The Society has adopted a position statement on evidence-based nursing practice (EBNP) that supports the concept that optimal nursing care is provided when nurses and healthcare decision makers have access to the latest research. The society defines EBNP as “an integration of the best evidence available, nursing expertise, and the values and preferences of the individuals, families, and communities who are served” (as noted in Chitty, 2005, p. 325).
The Society provides multiple research benefits that include: Registry of Nursing Research online database housed in its Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library containing more than 30,000 free research studies and abstracts from around the world; opportunities to apply and receive research grants that contribute to the advancement of nursing; and opportunities to locate research, submit research for posting, and network with researchers. These resources provide nurses with the most current and comprehensive resources to support EBNP, education, and the development of policy (Chitty, 2005).
A second research entity that supports nursing practice is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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