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Nursing excellence: Turn to APNs to meet your nursing research needs

HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, June 1, 2009

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“After achieving [ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP)] designation, to move forward and maintain [status], we knew we needed to involve staff nurses in research, quality improvement, and patient safety projects,” says Maureen Cavanagh, RN, C-EFM, MS, MAHCM, an APN at St. Peter’s Health Care Services—a 2005 MRP recipient—in Albany, NY. “And the people who had the skills to really lead and mentor nurses for those projects were the APNs.”
Cavanagh and colleague Patricia Newell-Helfant, RNC, MS, CPNP, also an APN, are helping St. Peter’s meet the nursing research participation expectation under Component IV: New knowledge, innovations, and improvements by pairing APNs with staff nurses. In the past two years, the new relationships have resulted in six national research presentations by staff nurses—six more than the facility had seen in the previous 25 years.

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