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Research Priorities in Nursing Education

Please note that the 2020-2023 priorities will not be released until Spring 2020. For any NLN application that requires a linkage to the priorities, please use the current (2016-2019) version.

The NLN Research Priorities in Nursing Education continues to support researchers who study the science of nursing education. The 2016-2019 Priorities challenge nurse researchers to extend the scientific foundation through inclusion of complementary sciences.  Alignment with other care providers and practice partners can help achieve robust evidence-based patient care outcomes.  The priorities are presented in the context of multiple perspectives: 

  • Cross-cutting themes based on the NLN mission, core values and strategic plan
  • A review of evidence about nursing education research from the literature and from experts on the NLN Nursing Education Research Review Panel
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) advancing the science of health foci:
    • Enhance health promotion and disease prevention
    • Improve quality of life by managing symptoms of acute and chronic illness
    • Improve palliative and end-of-life care
    • Enhance innovation in science and practice
    • Develop the next generation of nurse scientists

The 2016 - 2019 priorities create a roadmap to connect the science of nursing education with the science of learning. Developing such an evidentiary base will help educators prepare nurses who will promote and maintain wellness and care for illness through transformative transitions. These priorities guide the development of future programs of nursing education research dedicated to the generation and translation of evidence that builds best teaching and learning practices.  The ultimate goal of these endeavors is the preparation of practitioners who deliver excellent health care.