SYMPOSIUM
Friday, 21 July 2006: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Promoting Excellence: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach in a Children's Hospital
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to describe a process of establishing evidence-based practice in a culturally diverse pediatric acute care setting.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to describe the evidence-based process for fall prevention, skin care, and to evaluate education effectiveness for the acute care setting.
The concept of evidenced-based practice as a foundation for decisions regarding patient care has recently been formalized at our tertiary care, pediatric hospital. Evidenced-based practice as defined by Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt (2005), is the conscientious use of the best evidence in making decisions about patient care using a systematic research process for reviewing the literature, and incoporation of clinical expertise and patient preferences and values. Our hospitalís commitment to excellence and family-centered care provided an ideal environment to integrate this concept into practice. In an effort to provide the highest level of care to our patients, areas were identified as high risk, high volume, or determined by the clinical staff as in need of further exploration. Areas identified included skin care, falls, asthma, and evidence-based education. For each of these initiatives, the evidenced-based practice model was used in order to provide a comprehensive review of the literature and guidelines that currently exist, to benchmark our current practice with other tertiary care facilities, and to address the gaps in knowledge based on this review. In addition, given the cultural diversity of our southwestern population, cultural relevance with existing instruments was identified as an area requiring further exploration.
Organizer:Alyce A. Schultz, RN, PhD
 An Evidence-based Approach to Fall Risk Assessment
Roni L. Cummings, RN, MSN
 Using Evidence to Educate And Evaluate Effectiveness of Nursing Practice
Eva M. Stone, RN, MSc, Natalie Truett, BSN
 Using an Evidence-based Practice Team to Develop an Algorithm for Skin Care
Melanie Brewer, DNSc, RN, FNP, Judy O'Haver, RN, MS, CPNP
 Testing Cultural Measurement Equivalence in the Asthma Screening Form
Susanne W. Cook, RN, PhD, Judith Harris-Meier, RN, MS, CPNP, Karen H. Sousa, RN, PhD