SESSION

Friday, July 23, 2004: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Passport to Research: A Critical-Care Nurse's Adventure

Learning Objective #1: Identify the processes needed to develop and sustain an evidence-based, critical-care nurse research program
Learning Objective #2: Apply methods to evaluate the impact of a dynamic nursing research program
Bedside nurses are on the front lines of critical care. Research conducted by these clinicians is underrepresented in the literature. AACN reports that of the last 1,000 abstracts submitted for a conference, bedside clinicians were listed as one of the authors approximately 20% of the time, and listed as the primary author around 5% of the time. Clearly a gap exists between bedside clinicians and their participation in research, and a gap between bedside clinical research and the delivery of practice based on such research. Understanding this, an ICU nurse researcher with both a strong ICU clinical and research background, along with a trusting relationship with the ICU staff, began asking questions about the existing research/practice gaps. A literature review and a unit-based survey revealed current research barriers but no realistic, replicable, sustainable strategies for research/practice gap reduction. Taking each barrier evident in the ICU setting, strategies were designed to overcome these barriers. A Nursing Research team created an innovative 16-hour research program that covered basic research principles. ICU nurses were able to determine their team (groups of 5), along with the date, time, location and number of hours for each session. Local nursing school research instructors were recruited to teach according to the ICU nursesí schedules. Nursing time was reimbursed through internal funding. The first group began classes on March 25, 2003 and is in the implementation phase of a physician-family communication research project. The second group is well on itís way to evaluating a quiet time in the ICU. The third and fourth groups have just completed 2 classes focussing on Palliative Care. This symposium will give you the tools you need to develop a similar, sustainable research program in your ICU.
Organizer:Kathleen M. Baker, RN, BS
Presenter:Joanna Lynn Bokovoy, RN, DrPH, MPH
 Roadblocks to Research in the Intensive Care Unit
Eileen Palmer, RN, Vicki Trexler, RN
 Identifyng Essential Infrastructure for Sustainable ICU-Based Research Program
Kathleen M. Baker, RN, BS, Linda Engle, RN
 Development and Evaluation of a Dynamic ICU-Based Research Program
Joanna Lynn Bokovoy, RN, DrPH, MPH, Kathleen M. Baker, RN, BS
 How Five Busy ICU Nurses Turned a Practice Question into Research
Jeremy W. Benninger, RN, BSN, Marilyn Leshko, RN

15th International Nursing Research Congress
Sigma Theta Tau International
July 22-24, 2004