A Best Practice Strategy For Promoting EBP Among Staff Nurses

Monday, 18 November 2013: 10:40 AM

Maureen O'Hagan Lobb, PhD, RN, CDE1
Ursula Kelly, PhD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC2
Regina A. Taylor, MN, APRN, ACNS-BC2
LaGaunda C. Jones, MS, RN, NEA-BC3
Cynthia D. Rucker, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC4
Sarah V. Myers, PhD, RN5
(1)Office of Nursing and Patient Care Services, Atlanta Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Decatur, GA
(2)Office of Nursing and Patient Care Services, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA
(3)Department of Medicine, Atlanta VA Medical Center (Magnet designated), Decatur, GA
(4)Medical Specialty Care Service Line, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA
(5)Nursing Service, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA

Learning Objective 1: At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to describe approaches for building staff nurses' EBP capacity through mentoring and collaboration.

Learning Objective 2: At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to describe approaches for disseminating EBP and research findings.

Evidence-based practice (EBP) and research drive quality of care and quality improvement. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the development and implementation of a program to advance EBP and knowledge translation in a large health care organization. This program was designed to 1) build staff nurses’ capacity to a) evaluate nursing practice and incorporate EBP in a variety of clinical areas; b) write abstracts and develop professional posters; c) provide peer review and mentoring to other nurses, and 2) disseminate EBP and research findings. The Shared Governance Nursing Research Council (NRC) and Workforce and Workplace Enhancement Council partnered to hold a one-day poster event to disseminate EBP and highlight innovative strategies and research being conducted throughout the medical center. The event was publicized via a website, bulletin boards, email, and staff meetings. Packets with all pertinent fliers and information were distributed to nurse executives, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists, and members of the NRC. The abstract submission and poster development process was interactive and included several educational sessions (topic selection, abstract writing, and poster development), one-on-one mentoring, and a multi-stage peer review and feedback process. The timeline included initial abstract submission, draft poster submission, peer/mentor feedback, and revised poster submission. Over 100 authors completed the process and produced 38 posters. Faculty from an affiliated School of Nursing served as poster judges. The poster judging criteria included additional credit awarded to posters in which authors with advanced degrees and experience in poster presentations partnered with staff nurses. The event was well attended by approximately 300 nurses; formal author and attendee evaluations were very positive. An awards ceremony was held to recognize all winners, authors, and volunteers. Posters are being presented in various forums to further disseminate research findings and EBP.