The generation of knowledge is fundamental to the practice of nursing and occurs through various forms of scholarship. Boyer recognized this and described knowledge production through research, integration, teaching, and application. The focus of this article is on the scholarship of application and its role in the development of nursing knowledge. Examples of achievement in the scholarship of application are provided with outcomes of work between community and education partners and innovative clinical practice changes. The scholarship of application is of particular importance to nursing as it bridges research, practice, and education, and documents and disseminates nursing knowledge to enable peer critique. Approaches for developing a climate of scholarship are discussed, including differentiating scholarly practice from clinical scholarship and how the scholarship of application is situated in practice arenas. The role of clinical scholars and clinical leaders and the continuing development of future scholars are proposed.
|Number of pages
|Journal of continuing education in nursing
|Published - 2015