Importance of Research in Nursing:
It is the responsibility of the nursing profession to discover, verify, structure and restructure the professional knowledge through systematic inquiry, Research is the only way to:
i) Build a body of nursing knowledge,.
ii) Validate improvements in nursing practice, and
iii) Make health care efficient as well as cost-effective. Therefore, if nursing profession is to remain viable, that if it has plans to continue to provide its services, then research must be an inseparable component of nursing.
1) Need for Developing Nursing Knowledge
The practitioner of nursing, like any other profession depends on specialized way of verified knowledge and skills. Since nursing is a service, it has a social responsibility to develop knowledge that contributes to the advancement of nursing practice. Further, the discipline of nursing needs to build theories for nursing that would add to the body of fundamental knowledge, which can also be shared by other disciplines. Therefore, there is a need to develop nursing knowledge (theories) which will guide in the practice of nursing.
ii) Research to Improve Nursing Practice In nursing, the direction of building nursing theories is comparatively new. Therefore, nursing has a, task of developing a scientific base for nursing practice. In &her words, we can say this stresses\the need for verifying and testing the tqeories through nursing research in order to structure scientific nursing prac ice.