Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This presentation is part of : Breaking the Chains that Bind: A Statewide Nursing Research Consortium Linking Academic and Clinical Partners
A Statewide Nursing Research Consortium: The Role of Educational Partners Joanna Briggs Institute of Oklahoma and Sigma Theta Tau Beta-Delta
Beverly Bryce Bowers, PhD, RN, CNS, College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

As more hospitals are seeking magnet recognition, they have a tremendous need for education and training of their staff about EBP. They also need access to consultation from experts about EBP projects as they strive to implement best practices into nursing care.

The support of educational partners is essential to promote the success of the statewide nursing research consortium (SNRC). The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the role of the Joanna Briggs Institute of Oklahoma (JBIO) and Sigma Theta Tau Beta Delta at-Large chapter (STTBD) as partners for providing training and consultation related to evidence-based practice (EBP) to consortium health care agency partners.

The role of STTBD as a SNRC partner is to serve as a clearinghouse where expertise of members is matched with requests for consultations from clinical partners. STTBD volunteers provide consultation to clinical agencies regarding EBP and research projects. In return they establish partnerships with clinical agencies that allow academic researchers to further their research agendas. STTBD serves as a venue for distribution of outcomes of EBP projects at meetings, through newsletters, and the web site.

The role of the JBIO as a SNRC partner is to provide education and training about EBP and systematic reviews as well as support to project consultants. A newly implemented online EBP course for staff nurses is available for training. Additionally core members of JBIO are available to assist members and non-members with education about the importance of EBP in ensuring quality patient care. 

SNRC goals include: (1) assist in the performance and publication of systematic reviews of the literature, (2) provide education to nurses about EBP, (3) promote the use of evidence-based practice in making patient care decisions, and (4) promote sharing of EBP across healthcare settings.