Kaiser Permanente Northern California Nursing Research (KP-NCNR)
Nursing research synthesizes nursing care, practice, and science in the pursuit of better patient outcomes and world-class evidence-based care. Use this site to learn more, get involved, and stay in touch with nursing research and program/quality improvement initiatives in your area and beyond.
KP NCNR: Who We Are
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Nursing Research (KP-NCNR) advances the visibility and value of nursing research to help achieve higher patient care standards through evidence-based practice.
KP-NCNR Students Research Page
Nursing Students: How to use Kaiser Permanente Northern California Nursing Research (KP-NCNR) to help with your research project
The KPNC Institutional Review Board
Welcome to this informational page about the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Research Self-Study Educational Series
The purpose of this educational series is to assist nurses to be consumers of nursing research, to evaluate the adequacy of research findings in terms of its scientific merit, and to consider its potential for utilization in evidence-based nursing practice.Nursing research synthesizes nursing care, practice, and science in the pursuit of better patient outcomes and world-class evidence-based care. Use this site to learn more, get involved, and stay in touch with nursing research and program/quality improvement initiatives in your area and beyond.
RN Journal Clubs
What's happening with Nurse Journal Clubs and how you can join.
Starting a Research Project
Nursing research examines the relevance and effectiveness of established approaches to patient care and health promotion. NCNR is here to assist all nurses, regardless of position or level of experience, to identify patient-care challenges and examine clinically relevant solutions.
Resources for Researchers
NCNR provides this directory of resources for investigators of nursing research. Funded by the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Program, NCNR also offers qualified investigators financial assistance, such as conference fees and travel expenses, for abstracts accepted as poster or oral presentations.
Students' Research Page
NCNR welcomes and encourages nursing research activity at Kaiser Permanente. Whether or not you are a Kaiser Permanente employee, NCNR can be an important resource to help you successfully negotiate the research proposal process in completing your investigative research and/or fulfilling your degree requirements.
The Institutional Review Board
The KPNC IRB reviews, approves and monitors all biomedical and behavioral research involving humans, including KP employees, at KPNC.
The IRB and NCNR also work closely with Dr. Carmen Adams, Strategic Leader, Quality, at the NCAL Regional Quality, Accreditation, Regulation and Licensing Department to assess requests for non-research quality improvement (QI) projects.
As a first step, it is critically important to determine if your project qualifies as research or QI before you begin. The approval process for each is very different.
For many nursing professionals, translational research drives their interest in launching new investigations. Once research and analysis have been completed with required scientific rigor, there is an added professional reward when this new knowledge "translates" into evidence-based practice that improves patient experience and/or outcomes.
"The application of research in the clinical setting takes nursing to the next level. Using evidence to validate and improve the care we provide to clients is at the heart of nursing professionalism. Nurses have long been revered as trusted professionals who are skilled in the art of caring, but I feel that caring also requires a strong scientific knowledge base, a spirit of inquiry, and a passion for problem solving. "
- Rebecca L. Taylor-Ford
KP Nursing Publications Database (2014 to present) coming soon!
What is the difference between Research and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)?
What is EBP?
For tools to critique the literature and/or rate the level of strength of the evidence in the literature, click on the following links:
Research Self-Study Educational Series
Nurses are developing the scientific body of knowledge relating to nursing practice. While not all nurses are interested in conducting a research project of their own, all nurses are expected to read, understand and critically appraise research reports as part of professional practice. In addition, nurses are expected to utilize the results of scientific studies to improve patient care. The purpose of this educational series is to assist nurses to be consumers of nursing research, to evaluate the adequacy of research findings in terms of its scientific merit, and to consider its potential for utilization in evidence-based nursing practice.
"Caring Science" was developed as a theory by eminent nurse leader and researcher Dr. Jean Watson. In 2005, Kaiser Permanente leadership began to integrate the model of Caring Science into its understanding of nursing practice and as an empathic framework to guide and define all patient-clinician relationships.