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Developing the nursing research agenda during the COVID-19 pandemic

10 March 2022
Volume 31 · Issue 5

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the indispensable role of nurses in providing professional care and technical help to patients and their families. However, nursing science's contribution to the body of knowledge in COVID-19 management, from its unique perspective, is not fully reflected in the existing literature. A preliminary review of studies noted that nursing seems to be subsumed into the knowledge of other disciplines, and there is a scarcity of discussions that aid in the design of nursing research during the pandemic (Pereira et al, 2020).

Since the practice of nursing must be built on practice-based research evidence (Wilkes et al, 2013), identifying key research priorities to inform practice is imperative. The authors call on nurse researchers, administrators and clinicians to articulate the nursing research agenda, particularly during this pandemic. The authors are proposing priority areas for investigation that would significantly contribute to the ongoing knowledge of the management of patients with COVID-19. The five areas are as follows.

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