About the Alliance
CT Nursing Research Alliance is a group of organizations (see below) that came
together to develop a network to support nurses and nursing
students in evidence-based practice activities including
nursing research and research utilization. The mission of this
Alliance is to promote and improve the health of individuals
and communities by supporting evidence-based nursing practice
through collaborative efforts.
is great emphasis being given to conduct professional nursing through evidence-based practice. Nursing, however, is both an art and a science and the acquisition of knowledge and skill to practice nursing still comes through many vehicles such as expert knowledge and intuition,
derived from the experience from practicing nursing as well as
the scholarly employment of the scientific method. Studies based on quantitative, qualitative and combination research methodologies
serve to derive the science of this discipline.
Application of research findings is done through various
utilization models such as the one presented in this
toolkit-Dr. Cheryl Stetler's Research Utilization Model©
The shift towards evidence-based nursing practice to improve patient care
outcomes is gaining momentum. Use of the scientific approach to promote and improve the health of individuals does not diminish the value of the intuitive aspect of nursing practice. The balance of these two processes remains essential for the delivery of effective, high quality nursing care. To assist professional nurses and nursing students to base their practice on evidence supported in the literature and developed through various research and research utilization methods,
a group of universities and hospitals/VNA in Connecticut formed a collaborative to accomplish this goal. This collaborative, termed the
CT Nursing Research Alliance, offers three primary strategies to promote
evidence-based nursing practice: Bi-annual
Research Roundtables, Author
Talks and Annual
Research/Research Utilization Conference.