The challenges related to facilitating the cycle of scientific discovery through to the widespread adoption of a healthcare innovation have become of central concern to individuals and communities who seek or need healthcare, health professionals, the funders of health services. Indeed, the interface between identifying knowledge needs for health improvement, pure scientific bench research and clinical trial based research and ultimately, the implementation of the results of research into some form of pragmatic outcome is a growing source of ongoing angst in both the research and clinical communities. It is a vital enterprise that, if achieved successfully, has the potential to result in dramatic improvements in global health outcomes. The translation of evidence into action is the raison of the evidence-based practice movement. So, too is it the core interest of translation science. Clarifying the nature and components of these two seemingly different fields of endeavour and reconceptualizing this complementarity is important in advancing health policy and practice towards improving the health of people globally.
Increasing contribution for the evidence-based practice movement broadly, achievement in healthcare evidence-based practice. Although the origins of evidence-based practice are in medicine, nursing is increasingly playing a role, particularly with respect to aligning practice with evidence at the point of care. Nurse scientists, therefore are well positioned to take a leadership role in the field of translational science.