Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This presentation is part of : Breaking the Chains that Bind: A Statewide Nursing Research Consortium Linking Academic and Clinical Partners
Developing a Statewide Nursing Research Consortium
Sheryl K. Buckner, RN, MS, College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Bringing together several organizations to function as one in a consortium is never an easy task, especially when considering the possible diverse natures of the groups represented.  Such was the case when a state-wide nursing research and evidence-based practice consortium was initiated. The process of developing this consortium was filled with successes and some disappointments, both of which might be particularly enlightening for other groups that may wish to accomplish such a task.  The purpose of this presentation is to: (1) discuss the process of forming the consortium, (2) discuss the facilitators and barriers to the process of formation of the consortium, and (3) discuss completed projects as well as future projects of the consortium. 

During the summer of 2006 clinicians and educators came together informally to discuss the need for a state-wide research and evidence-based practice consortium.  With the support of the local Sigma Theta Tau Beta Delta at-Large chapter and the Joanna Briggs Institute of Oklahoma, the initial consortium was realized and formalized.  The group’s composition consisted of both educators and clinicians who represented both urban and rural areas. 

Initial activities focused on establishing a meeting schedule, developing a mission statement and goals, as well as identification of potential projects.  It was helpful to bring together such a diverse group from across the state in that many points of view and different needs were represented; however, geographical distance also presented challenges in scheduling meetings.  Several solutions were developed to alleviate this problem such as meeting via distance technology.  Other solutions will be discussed during the presentation. 

One of the first completed projects was a state-wide needs survey completed by 70 nurse educators and clinicians.  The results of this survey, will be discussed in detail, and have been useful guiding future projects for this group.