Delphi Technique, Leadership, Nursing, Nursing Administration, Research


Objective: The aim of this study was to identify and prioritize research topics for nursing administration and leadership science.

Background: Nursing administration and leadership research priorities should provide a framework for building the science needed to inform practice.

Methods: The Association for Leadership Science in Nursing (ALSN) and American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Foundation (AONL-F) for Nursing Leadership and Education collaborated on a Delphi study. Initial input on research priority items were received from ALSN and AONL members. National experts participated in a 3-round Delphi study.

Results: Top-ranked priorities included: 1) nurses' health, well-being, resiliency, and safety in the workplace; 2) developing and managing a nursing workforce to meet current and future healthcare needs; 3) healthy work/practice environments for direct care nurses; 4) healthy work/ practice environments for nurse leaders; 5) quantification of nursing's value across the healthcare delivery system; and 6) nurse leader development and essential competencies.

Conclusions: Researchers and funders should use these priorities to guide future studies.

Original Publication Citation

Chipps, E., Joseph, M. L., Lyman, B., Nelson-Brantley, H., McGinty, L., Parchment, J….& Weaver, S. (2021). Setting the research agenda for nursing administration and leadership science: A Delphi study. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration. 51(9), 430-438.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration





University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor