Date of Award

Spring 5-1989

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Linda L. Davis

Committee Member

Phyllis Barham

Committee Member

Kay Palmer

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8C55


The purposes of this study were: to explore research utilization by three groups of Virginia nursing educators; and to determine if differences in stages of diffusion existed between nurse educators working in hospital diploma, associate degree and baccalaureate degree settings within the Commonwealth of Virginia. A stratified random sample included 28 hospital diploma, 41 associate degree and 37 baccalaureate degree nurse educators from the Commonwealth of Virginia, who completed the Nurse Educator Questionnaire (NEQ). Two free-response questions were used to identify factors which the nurse educators perceived as inhibitors and facilitators to research utilization. The results of a two-step mailed survey revealed no significant differences between the three groups of nurse educators on the basis of stages of diffusion. Qualitative analysis failed to reveal that the groups differed during the stages of diffusion on the basis of selected demographic characteristics. Implications for nursing education and strategies for improving utilization of research findings were discussed and recommendations for instrument revision as well as future research were suggested.


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