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Inside the Forces: Ease nurses' research jitters

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, October 28, 2008

The word research can send nurses running. But Wendy Tuzik Micek, PhD, RN, director of professional development and research, and ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) project director at Advocate Christ Medical Center/Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL—an MRP recipient in 2005—found ways to ease nurses’ jitters.

Staff members at Advocate Christ Medical Center/Hope Children’s Hospital are educated on nursing research in the following ways:

Articles—Every nurse gets a copy of the hospital’s bi-monthly newsletter, called Nursing Now, which features articles related to nursing research. Micek, the hospital’s nurse researcher Cheryl Lefaiver, PhD, RN, and staff nurses have written a number of articles, including:

  • How to ask a researchable question
  • Evidence-based practice, research utilization, and nursing research: What’s the connection?
  • Nursing research: Searching for the evidence

Orientation—Micek and Lefaiver present during nursing orientation on the resources staff nurses have available to help make a research project a reality. Micek also says this allows new staff “to start thinking, once they’re hired, that research is an expectation at a Magnet [Recognition Program®] facility.”

Bulletin boards—A nursing research bulletin board is posted near a busy elevator at the hospital. The bulletin board features research abstracts and posters that were completed in-house or accepted for conferences.

“We created the bulletin board to bring research visibility and communication. Hopefully, staff see it and say, “Hey, I didn’t know that Sally Sue did this research project. Well, if she can do something than I can too,’ ” says Micek.

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, October 2008. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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