“In a service profession
like nursing, research
without practice is
sterile and irrelevant,
research is ritualistic
essentially is a problem-solving
process, a systematic intensive study
directed towards full, scientific knowledge
of the subject studied.”
-French Ruth M (1968)
“Research is a process systematically
searches for new facts and relationships.”
Nursing research develops knowledge
about health and promotion of health
over the full lifespan, care of persons
with health problems and disabilities and
nursing actions to enhance the ability of
individuals to respond effectively to
actual or potential health problems.
Nursing research is a systematic enquiry
designed to develop knowledge about
issues of importance to the nursing
profession, including nursing practice,
education, administration and
Lamberstson suggests, “ the
purpose of research is to
discover answers to meaningful
questions through the application
of scientific procedures”.
Vreeland says broadly that we should
think of the purpose of research in
nursing as providing clues for our search
for knowledge and understanding. i.e.,
- discover new facts about known
- find answers to problems which are only
partially solved by existing methods and
- improve existing techniques and
develop new instruments or products
- discover previously unrecognized
substances or elements
- discover pathway of action of known
substances and elements.
According to Seaman and
Verhonic :- To observe in order to know,
- To know in order to predict
- to predict in order to control
- to control in order to practice, and
- to prescribe in a professional
To build the body of nursing.
To validate improvements in nursing.
To make healthcare efficient as well as
To moulding the attitudes and intellectual
competence and technical skill.
Filling the gaps in the knowledge and
Fostering a commitment, accountability to
Providing basis for professionalism.
Providing basis for professional
Identifying the role of nurse in changing
Discovering new measures for nursing
Helping to take prompt decisions by
the administration to related
xii. Helping to improve the standards in
xiii. Refining the existing theories and
discovering new theories.
not to be harmed.
Right to full disclosure.
The right of selfdetermination.
Right of privacy and