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Regional Nursing Research Standards

Southern California Nursing Research Standards for Local KP Facilities

The following are the standards for Nursing Research at the local facility (usually medical center) level.  Local facilities who can demonstrate that they have met and are continuing to meet the standards consistently, may apply to the Regional Nursing Research Program to be identified, for themselves and others that a Nursing Research Program exists at their facility.

The standards are organized as independent structures and processes that lead to outcomes and reflect the minimum commitment for a local KP facility to nursing research.

The operationalization of the standards is a local undertaking reflecting the local culture.  For example, at some facilities the dedicated group may be a standalone nursing research committee, council, etc.  At other facilities, the nursing research agenda may be integrated into an existing group such as a practice or quality committee.

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  • Group dedicated to the Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) agenda
  • Local Dedicated Group’s charter is aligned with Southern California Nursing Research Committee’s charter
  • Existing as well as continued support of executive level sponsorship
  • Identified Liaison to Regional Nursing Research Program and Nursing Research Committee
  • Existing written Liaison succession plan
  • Liaison partnering with local Southern California Physician Medical Group (SCPMG) Research Chair
  • Resource allocation identified


  • Human Subjects Ethics Training Process
  • Education and training processes exist to sustain needed competencies for Research and EBP for nurses
  • Communication Process
  • Research and Evidenced Based Practice Processes that contribute to the development and implementation of Nursing Research
  • Dissemination of local research and EBP
  • Engagement of  clinical nurses as principle investigators 9PI) or co-investigators (Co-I) in research and EBP project operationalization
  • Local tracking of research and/or EBP projects
  • LMP aligned


  • Number of Nursing Research and EBP projects completed and in progress
  • A clinical nurse PI, Co-I, or project lead on at least one research and one EBP project
  • Advancement of nursing science is evidenced by dissemination of research results with clinical nurse involvement; at least one internal and one external presentation or publication
  • Dissemination of EBP results with clinical nurse involvement; demonstrated by one presentation or publication
  • Clinical nurses evaluate and use evidence-based findings in their practice as demonstrated in one practice change change project

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