Evidence-based practice (EBP), quality improvement (QI), and research are fundamental to the nursing profession’s ability to remain relevant and up-to-date in an ever-changing and complex healthcare environment. The American Nurses Association (ANA) considers scholarly inquiry one of the essential features in the “advancement of professional nursing practice”.
In addition, the development and implementation of “knowledge, innovations, and improvements” is a critical component of the Magnet model’s five components of EBP. Generating and implementing new knowledge are core components of professional nursing practice. However, both novice and experienced nurses often find the development and implementation of EBP and QI projects daunting. Challenges they face include finding mentorship to support the development of EBP/QI ideas and guidance on how to implement projects. This interactive workshop offered by the APHON EBP/Research Committee will (1) help nurses of all skill levels develop their EBP/QI projects and (2) facilitate collaboration between participants launching similar projects and nursing experts from the APHON community to help participants identify and avoid the typical barriers to project implementation. The session will include small group activities focusing on the design, implementation, and sustainability of a pilot/full project. Attendees are expected to fill out a topic questionnaire and have developed their project idea, identified participating team members, completed the majority of their literature synthesis prior to attending. This information will help the facilitators identify appropriate experts to guide project development during the session. The session will focus on project timelines, availability of resources, implementation strategies, measurable outcomes, and sustainability. Learners will leave the session ready to take a project to their organization for appropriate approvals, structuring a project pilot, or beginning the implementation process.
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