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Nursing Research

The mission of the Nursing Research Committee (NRC) is to facilitate nursing research that supports the St. Joseph’s vision, strategic plan goals and aligns with our Nursing’s Practice Model of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and Relationship-based Care. The NRC assists the researcher in the submission of a proposal and guides the researcher and proposal through the approval process. 

Once submitted, the members of the NRC reviews the proposal content to assure that it is aligned with St. Joseph’s nursing research priorities and determines if the research question is a performance improvement project, an evidence-based concern or a research study. Contact will be made with the researcher to address questions or discuss issues that may arise and explore the evidence utilizing the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice and research.

The process within this model guides our discussion of the research question proposed by the nurse to weigh the data or information on hand to decide if this is a performance improvement project, and evidence-based practice concern, or a research study opportunity.

Once approved by the NRC and Chief Nursing Officer, the proposal is forwarded through St. Joseph’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). At this point, depending on the type of research being conducted, the proposal can be granted as one of three reviews; exempt, expedited, or full committee review. Once the research has received approval from the Research Office, he/she may implement their project.

Click the link below to download the Nursing Research Intake Form:

The NRC meets every fourth Tuesday of the month.