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Nursing Research

The ANA Enterprise Institute for Nursing Research & Quality Management promotes, supports, and advocates for the advancement of interprofessional, practice-based nursing research. In collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and guided by the ANA Enterprise Research Advisory Council, we focus on moving forward our research priorities in nursing by providing education opportunities and resources, supporting key research projects, promoting collaboration, and leading the profession to meet the current and future needs of nursing and health care.

ANAE Research Advisory Council’s Mission and strategic priorities align with the ANA Enterprise Mission, Vision and values. Research Council Mission is to shape the future of nursing and health care by building capacity for a culture of inquiry that advances interprofessional, practice-based research.


Strategic priorities include:

  • Health care access
  • Safety and quality of care
  • Health and well-being of nurses
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Professional identity development
  • Environmental sustainability

Economic Value of Nursing



Ensuring the visibility of nursing's value contribution to the global healthcare economy is paramount. It entails a paradigm shift, recognizing nursing not merely as a labor cost but as a revenue-generator within healthcare systems. By advocating for investments in the nursing workforce that align with the economic value nurses provide, we can create a healthcare ecosystem where nurses are viewed as both essential caregivers and strategic assets—key drivers of improved patient outcomes and financial sustainability in healthcare institutions worldwide.

In pursuit of enhancing the visibility of nursing's value contribution to the global healthcare economy, the ANA Enterprise Institute for Nursing Research and Quality Management is spearheading an Economic Value of Nursing Research Project, a 2-year study (Ref.: ANA Enterprise Research Advisory Council Strategic Research Priorities).

The purpose of the Economic Value of Nursing Project is to:

  • Develop a conceptual model of the Economic Value of Nursing focusing on the structures and processes that contribute to the economic value of nursing. This model will drive a forward-thinking definition of economic value of nursing.
  • Conduct a systematic review of studies related to the economic value of nursing. Summarize research questions, patient and nurse populations, methods, measurement, and findings, including gaps in science.
  • Validate/refine the conceptual model and recommendations for measurement of the economic value of nursing based on recommendations from a diverse group of researchers.
  • Conduct a proof-of-concept study of the conceptual/measurement model.


May 15, 2024 - Economic Value of Nursing Update

Recently, the ANA Enterprise Institute for Nursing Research and Quality Management hosted a summit focusing on redefining the economic value of nursing. The event sparked meaningful discussions, shifting the perspective from viewing nurses merely as labor costs to recognizing them as invaluable human capital.

The discussion included the persistent hurdles like poor working conditions, inadequate staffing levels, and limited autonomy faced by nurses. It delved into the intricacies of these challenges and the shortcomings of current economic models in adequately valuing nursing. Often, these models overlook the multifaceted and nuanced responsibilities shouldered by nurses, failing to capture the true essence of their vital contributions.

It was emphasized that supporting and investing in nurses not only improves patient care but also enhances their job satisfaction and well-being. A standout topic was the innovative ways in which nurses are seen not just as caregivers but as key drivers of healthcare innovation and revenue generators. Therefore, the need for models that more accurately reflect the value nurses bring to healthcare, considering their contributions to team dynamics, process improvements, and operational efficiency.

"The Nursing Human Capital Model” below was proposed and critically evaluated, with experts calling for a shift in how the value of nursing is calculated and perceived. Overall, the summit served as a call to action for the healthcare community to rethink and transform how the economic value of nursing is defined and integrated into healthcare planning and policy. The event was not only inspiring but also set the stage for future advancements in recognizing and supporting the vital role that nurses play in the healthcare system.

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Magnet Model Review

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In response to the persistent challenge of nurse shortages, the Commission on Magnet® supported by the ANA Enterprise Institute for Nursing Research and Quality Management is now embarking on an exhaustive review of the Magnet Model to assess its current evidence base, standards, and to identify emerging evidence necessitating updates.


ANA Enterprise Research Symposium

Save the Date: October 29, 2024, in New Orleans, LA

The Call for Proposals Closed on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PT

The American Nurses Association Enterprise (ANAE) Institute for Nursing Research and Quality Management invites staff nurses, RNs/APRNs, clinical nurse scientists and other researchers, research fellows/residents and mentors, faculty, administrators, educators, and students to submit a podium or poster presentation proposal for the ANA Enterprise 2024 Research Symposium, Elevating Nursing Through Innovation and Research. The full-day symposium will be held on October 29, 2024, as a pre-conference to the ANCC National Magnet Conference® and Pathway to Excellence Conference® in New Orleans, LA.

The symposium focuses on disseminating nurse-led research findings and stimulating discussion among attendees to advance nursing research. This year’s theme emphasizes the role of innovative approaches in nursing research. There will be three tracks of panel presentations, dedicated time for poster presentations, and keynote presentations by nationally renowned nurse leaders.

See what attendees said about the 2023 ANA Enterprise Research Symposium.


Multi-site Research Playbook

A practical guide to support multi-site research studies for greater impact.

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Rigorous, high-quality nursing research creates an evidence base that advances nursing practice, shapes health policy, and contributes to improving nurse, patient, and system outcomes. Yet, too often, nurse researchers conduct studies that are narrow in scope, underpowered, or lack elements such as a comparison group, thereby limiting generalizability of results and application in practice. Multi-site studies offer the opportunity to increase the rigor of research and the generalizability of findings.

Multi-site studies leverage the power of Magnet® and other research-engaged nursing organizations to conduct research across multiple units and settings. Options for research designs are expanded with larger and more diverse samples. These studies require more planning and coordination, yet also provide opportunities to increase staff engagement in the research process, grow research capacity within and among organizations, and address research questions that cannot be effectively evaluated through a single-site study.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), in collaboration with the ANCC Research Council, has facilitated multi-site research studies since 2010 as a strategy to increase research capacity within organizations and to help organizations credentialed through the Magnet Recognition Program® meet criterion requirements. Lessons learned from these multi-site studies have been collated into this practical research playbook, creating a road map for nurse researchers at all levels and across all types of settings.

The target audiences for this playbook are hospital and health system researchers from organizations where nurses practice, nurse administrators who lead research-engaged health care organizations, and nurse researchers from academia who partner with these entities to conduct practice-relevant nursing research. The playbook is not intended to be a comprehensive textbook for multi-site studies, but rather a practical guidebook. The hope is that readers are inspired by the contents to consider opportunities to develop multi-site studies when appropriate to their research questions.

Nursing Research Grant

Sigma/ANCC Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant

The Sigma/American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant encourages nurses in clinical settings to apply evidence to practice and evaluate the effects on patient outcomes.

Grants Available: one annually

Funding: US $20,000

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Award notification: Late August 2024

Funding date: November 1, 2024

Grant Details: Click here to learn more and to apply.

2023 SIGMA/ANCC GRANT AWARDEE: Annette Brant Isozaki, MSN, RN


RESEARCH PROJECT: On the BRINK: PhotoBiomodulation (PBM) for Mucositis in Patients Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell TRansplant (HSCT) – Implementing the Evidence & Discovering New Knowledge


American Nurses Foundation: Research Grants

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