Strategies to Promote Nurses' Engagement in Clinical Research: Description of Two Nurse Scholar Programs

Linda L. Chlan, Pamela O. Johnson, Pamela E. Peterson, Laurel Striegel, Glen Au, Angela Fritsche, April Bursiek, Ashley Engelmann, Cindy Tofthagen

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Innovative programs are needed to build a pipeline of future nurse scientists necessary to generate practice-based evidence for optimal healthcare and to address the serious shortage of PhD-prepared nurses. This paper describes two nurse scholar programs based in one large, Magnet® designated healthcare institution that aim to provide clinical registered nurses (RNs) with mentored research opportunities in order to ultimately build an internal pipeline of practice-based nurse scientists. The Clinical Nurse Scholar Program provides clinical RNs the opportunity to conduct a research study under the mentorship of a senior nurse scientist. The Nursing Research Scholar Program provides a clinical RN enrolled in a PhD program or who recently completed a PhD program with an opportunity to gain enhanced research training and acquire new research skills. These two scholar models have the potential to be replicated in other institutions to enhance the development of future nurse scientists and to address a critical national shortage of PhD-prepared nurse scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-115
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • Magnet®
  • Nurse scholar program
  • Nursing shortage
  • Registered nurse
  • Research skill development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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