The nursing profession and nursing practices continue to change. Change is mainly driven by new technologies, further research, and inquiries, and emerging challenges in the healthcare sector. Consequently, nurses are encouraged to embrace a culture of nursing inquiry and research to support nursing excellence. Nurses therefore can question current practices to improve patient outcomes. Thus, evidence-based practice is encouraged to integrate new knowledge into practice.
Nursing research and inquiries offer scientific approaches, which guide the profession (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2015). Theories and methodologies used in nursing help nurses to understand various conditions and interventions. Critical factors in nursing such as public health, cultures, environments, social life, families, disparities, and resources among others have often influenced nursing research.
In addition, nursing inquiry can assist in solving complex challenges, which require multidisciplinary approaches. It is recognized that health contributions from different disciplines such as social science and biomedical inquiries are unique. These disciplines complement evidence found in nursing to enhance the quality of care and patient outcomes. On this note, nurses are encouraged to work with interdisciplinary research teams so that they can gain multiple views, particularly for complex research issues, health, and illness of their patients.
Nursing Inquiry and research are important for new knowledge generation while giving nurses opportunities to be in the forefront of addressing public health issues. Moreover, they can only promote inquiries that are relevant to current issues, health, and illnesses with the expected scientific rigor. Outcomes can be quickly translated into nursing practice and healthcare policies. Nurses should promote the growth noted in nursing science and research to give them opportunities to address challenges facing the modern nursing profession.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2015). Nursing Research. Web.