"Research in nursing? What is that?" Doctors often ask me this question when I talk about new developments in my profession which we, as nurses, think bear evidence of our deep concern that more and better nursing service reach the patient.
I suspect that the question is often asked in genuine curiosity, but equally often one can detect a hint of skepticism or fear. Not much is said about nursing research outside of the nursing journals and a few social science publications where projects are reported because the aspect of nursing investigated has sociological implications. It is obvious, therefore, that when not much is known about a new and expanding process, it is bound to be suspect or misunderstood. But, while research in nursing is comparatively new, there is a tremendous amount of activity under way, and much thought and imagination are going into the exploration of a wide variety