Supporting R&D: the role of a professional organisation, Part 2
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Supporting R&D: the role of a professional organisation, Part 2

Ann McMahon Research and Development Adviser, Royal College of Nursing, University of Manchester.
Alison Kitson Director, RCN Institute, London

This second of two articles describes how a professional organisation responded to external developments and tried to co-ordinate its nursing professions’ response to research and development activity. For the first time an attempt was made to develop a strategy by eliciting the views of stakeholders. The R&D agenda was examined from the perspective of research, management, education and practice and led to the development of an agreed strategy for the RCN. The suitability of this approach as a mechanism for strategy development and as a lever for change is examined and its potential pertinence to other organisations is discussed.

Nursing Standard. 12, 12, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns1997.12.12.12.35.c2489