Nursing research

Nursing research is the term used to describe the evidence used to support nursing practice. Nursing, as an evidence based area of practice, has been developing since the time of Florence Nightingale to the present day, where many nurses now work as researchers based in universities as well as in the health care setting.

Nurse education places emphasis upon the use of evidence from research in order to rationalise nursing interventions. In England and Wales courts may determine whether or not a nurse acted reasonably based upon whether or not their intervention was supported by research.

Nursing research falls largely into two areas:

Recently in the UK, action research has become increasingly popular in nursing.

See also


  • Hamer S. & Collinson G. (1999). Achieving Evidence-Based Practice. Ballière Tindall. ISBN 0-7020-2349-3. 
  • Parahoo K. (1997). Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues. Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-69918-1.