Nurse practitioner research often poorly visible
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Posted by: Melissa Moody
April 18, 2013 (The Clinical Advisor) Studies authored by advanced practice nurse practitioner (APNPs)
published in pediatric-focused journals are cited an average of 4.3
times, making them virtually invisible to a broader audience, according
to researchers at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 2013 Annual Meeting.
"It is important that research efforts of NPs become more visible for
translation of evidence into practice,” Susan Robins, MS, PNP, FNP-BC,
and Arlene Smaldone, DNSc, CPNP, CDE, both of Columbia School of Nursing
in New York City, wrote in a poster session presented at the meeting.
Choosing appropriate keywords and writing an abstract with Medical
Subject Heading (MeSH) – the vocabulary thesaurus by which the National
Library indexes PubMed Citations – in mind, are means by which NP
authors can increase the visibility of their work, according to Robins
They analyzed keyword/MeSH congruency and citation frequency among
537 nurse practitioner authored-research studies published in five
pediatric-focused peer-reviewed nursing journals from 2008 to 2010.
Citation frequency was determined using the Scopus database.
APNs accounted for one quarter of all research studies published,
Robins and Smaldone found. In total, 50% of all papers with an APN as a
first author were research based, but this proportion has been steadily
increasing over time.