Evid Based Nurs 15:73 doi:10.1136/ebnurs-2011-100413
  • Nursing issues
  • Cross-sectional study

Research utilisation and critical thinking among newly graduated nurses – predictors for research use: a quantitative cross-sectional study

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  1. Christy Raymond-Seniuk
  1. Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Joanne Profetto-McGrath
    Faculty of Nursing. Level 3 ECHA 11405-87th Ave,UofA, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1C9 Canada; joanne.profetto-mcgrath{at}

Implications for practice and research

  • This study underscores the importance of fostering new graduate nurses' critical thinking dispositions (CTD) as possible predictors of research use in practice.

  • Emphasising new graduates' CTD in nursing education may also increase research use as defined in the Research Use Questionnaire (RUQ).

  • Use of multivariate analysis in this study highlights a need for complex ways of examining predictors of research use.

  • Further research to confirm possible predictors of research use is needed.


There is a significant and growing interest in understanding how knowledge, and more specifically research evidence, is applied to nursing practice.1 ‘Research utilisation is, at its simplest, the use of research to guide practice, and is particularly concerned with the use of research evidence – …

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