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NPRC Study Review

NPRC Review Information and Application

Purpose of Review
All research studies involving use of nursing time, effort, and/or resources at UCLA Health System sites including as subjects, investigators, clinical care providers or data or specimen collectors, require Nursing Practice Research Council (NPRC) approval to assure that the rights and welfare of patients and nurses are protected. The NPRC reviews research proposals for scientific merit and feasibility of implementation at UCLA Health.

Meeting Schedule and Submission Deadline
The NPRC reviews research studies on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda. The NPRC review may be conducted prior to or in parallel with IRB review. Both NPRC review and IRB approval must be obtained prior to starting the study.

Exemptions from NPRC Study Review Include*:

  • Studies where nurse involvement is limited to nurses whose primary employment is within the nursing team
    • Study coordinator
    • Studies utilizing the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Nursing Services
  • Studies using only nursing resources outside of the UCLA Health System (e.g., a collaborative project with Cedars Sinai)
  • Studies conducted at County facilities that partner with UCLA (e.g., Olive view-UCLA Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center)

* This may not be the only determination necessary to conduct your project. The Investigator remains responsible for determining that necessary approvals are in place for the project to proceed.

Application Submission
To begin the process, please do the following:

  • Complete and submit the Research Study Application (Appendix A) and supporting documents by following the form prompts
  • Please submit a copy of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval letter once it has been received
  • Only completed applications will be reviewed

Study Review
Approval of research proposals will be dependent on the following criteria:

1. The problem is relevant and timely.
2. The research design is appropriate and can be conducted on the desired unit/area.
3. The rights and safety of patients and staff have been adequately safeguarded.
4. There is potential benefit to patients, staff, or the nursing profession.
5. The study will not interfere with or compromise existing programs of care.
6. The study is feasible in terms of staff time, space, and/or materials required.
7. There is a plan to share the study results with the nursing staff and appropriate others.
8. Documented approval by the Institutional Review Board of the OHRPP.

The NPRC will communicate the outcome of the initial review and any requests to investigator(s) within one-week after the meeting. Following NPRC review, both a summary of the study and NPRC recommendation are sent to the Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) for approval. Once the CNE reviews the research proposal, the NPRC will inform the investigator(s) in writing of the decision, including Council recommendations and/or stipulations.

Progress Reports
Studies will be monitored through annual progress reports. We believe dissemination of new knowledge to our staff is a vital component of our continued commitment to heal humankind through the application of evidence-based knowledge. Once the study nears completion, the investigator(s) will be invited to present the results at selected nursing department venues.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Pamela Miller at psmiller@mednet.ucla.edu.

NPRC Review Links

Research Study Review Application (Appendix A)

UCLA Health Nursing Policy 206 (in revision)

Patient Care Unit/Clinical Area Letter of Support

Consultation Request


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