National nursing science priorities: Creating a shared vision

Patricia Eckardt, Joan M. Culley, Elizabeth Corwin, Therese Richmond, Cynthia Dougherty, Rita H. Pickler, Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, Carol F. Roye, Jessica G. Rainbow, Holli A. DeVon

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Background Nursing science is essential to advance population health through contributions at all phases of scientific inquiry. Multiple scientific initiatives important to nursing science overlap in aims and population focus. Purpose This article focused on providing the American Academy of Nursing and nurse scientists in the Unites States with a blueprint of nursing science priorities to inform a shared vision for future collaborations, areas of scientific inquiry, and resource allocation. Methods The Science Committee convened four times and using Delphi methods identified priorities with empirical evidence and expert opinion for prioritization, state of the science, expert interest, and potential target stakeholders. Discussion Nursing science priorities for 2017 were categorized into four themes including: (a) precision science, (b) big data and data analytics, (c) determinants of health, and (d) global health. Conclusion Nurse scientists can generate new knowledge in priority areas that advances the health of the world's populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-736
Number of pages11
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Big data
  • Data analytics
  • Global health
  • Health determinants
  • Nursing science priorities
  • Precision science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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