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Credentialing Research

The ANCC Institute for Credentialing Research supports research-related processes and activities for ANCC organizational and individual credentialing programs, including Accreditation, Certification, Magnet Recognition, and Pathway to Excellence. Externally, the ANCC research program works to promote the growth of credentialing research.

2016 Call for Concept Papers: Multisite Research Study with Pediatric Populations
ANCC invites the submission of concept papers describing a multisite research project that can be implemented at children’s hospitals and in hospitals with a pediatric population of interest to the study. The 2016 call for concept papers will include an informational webinar to view live or on-demand. Learn more  

View the recording of the informational webinar given by Marianne Weiss, DNSc, RN.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Magnet Multisite Study

Magnet® organizations are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in a 3-year multisite research study on evaluating discharge readiness.

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READI: Readiness Evaluation & Discharge Interventions

ANCC invites Magnet® organizations to submit expressions of interest to participate in a 3-year multisite research study beginning in 2014. This quasi-experimental study will test the implementation of discharge readiness assessment as a standard nursing practice on readmission and emergency department utilization. The study was selected based on a competitive request for proposals.

Study Aims:

  • Test the impact of unit-based implementation of discharge readiness assessment on readmission and emergency department use.
  • Determine cost-benefit of implementation, comparing cost savings from reduced post-discharge utilization against implementation costs.

Organizations may want to participate if they are:

Acute care hospitals with adult medical-surgical units interested in improving the discharge process; and willing to commit to a 3-year research project, and integrate discharge readiness assessment into standard patient care.

Organizational commitment involves:

  • Including 2 hospital units in the study, 1 control and 1 implementation unit.
  • Assigning an RN as study coordinator for approximately 0.2 FTE for 24-27 months.
  • Training all nurses on the implementation unit in study procedures.

Benefits of Participating:

  • Meet Magnet requirements for research
  • Potential to reduce patient readmissions
  • Quantify value of nurses to organizational outcomes, including cost-benefit
  • Participate in a research project of national scope and significance
  • Expose staff to the conduct of research and a research network
  • Replicate on other hospital units after study completion

Receive at study's completion:

  • Your own hospital-specific results
  • License for continuing use of study instruments


Marquette University and University of Maryland research team 
Marianne Weiss, Principal Investigator

Advisory Panels:

ANCC Research Council 
Participating CNO Advisory Board

Fee to Participate:

$8,000 per year for 3 years

Credentialing Research Report ― Public Comments Are Invited

To stimulate discourse about credentialing research, ANCC offers the report A National Agenda for Credentialing Research in Nursing [pdf] written by the ANCC Research Council and staff. This report proposes a framework to organize credentialing research concepts and to generate research questions. Comments may be submitted at here

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