Nursing Research is defined as the "scientific process that validates and refines existing knowledge and generates new knowledge that directly and indirectly influences nursing practice."¹
Simply put, Nursing research supports and validates current nursing practice as well as investigates new practices and evidence in order to improve patient care.
(1.Burns, Nancy and Susan K. Grove. Understanding nursing research (3rd) Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders, 2003. pg. 3).