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Henry Ford Hospital Nursing Research Toolkit

This toolkit is a guide for investigators who are interested in planning, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating nursing research projects. Each of the grey tabs represents a page that can be printed.

Project Assistance

For project assistance, connect with resources early in the process to assist with project planning and troubleshooting.

  • The Henry Ford Hospital Center for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (CNRE) is a resource center for Henry Ford Hospital Nursing Inquiry projects. Contact Cathy Draus, DNPACNS-BC, CCRN, MSNBC:, to discuss and plan your study.
  • The CRNE can connect you with an on-campus nurse mentor/CNS to provide guidance and support on your project. 
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are clinical experts and resources for planning a research study on general practice and specialty patient units. 
  • Contact the HFH Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council, ( before implementing your study. You'll be invited to present your proposal at an HFH Nursing Research and EBP Council meeting early in the project planning stages. The Council meets monthly (3rd Thursday) 
  • Explore the multiple resources and services that can be helpful to your research project, such as literature search assistance and manuscript preparation, from the Sladen Library  

Work with Others

  • To insure the research project can be implemented in your clinical area, talk with your nurse manager about your research ideas prior to initiating a project. Nurse managers are aware of departmental projects or studies that may interfere with your timeline. Additionally, they are an excellent resource and can provide support as you plan and implement your study. 
  • The principal investigator frequently invites others to collaborate on a project. Make sure other members of the research team share your passion for research, have an interest in the topic, and are willing to put in the time. 
  • Establishing consistent meeting times for the duration of the project helps team members with planning.