Evidence-based expert: Encourage nurses to learn through research

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 23, 2009

This week's experts, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, explain how educators can ensure they have support for evidence-based practice programs from hospital leadership.

Q. We've formed an evidence-based practice council at our organization. What should be discussed at its first meeting?

A. Once you create your council, determine a data, time, and comfortable location for its first meeting, send out invitations that include an agenda and that encourage participants to come with ideas.

The agenda for the research or evidence-based practice council's first meeting could include some of the following topics:

  • Welcome and introduce participants
  • Discuss results of the nursing research survey (if already conducted)
  • Vote on co-chairs of the council and define their responsibilities
  • Discuss current evidence-based initiatives
  • Discuss models for evidence-based practice, and determine which one is the best fit for the organization
  • Discuss the council's purpose
  • Discuss the council's role in reviewing and critiquing nursing research proposals
  • Develop a nurse research policy
  • Open discussion of other topics
  • Set date/time of meetings for the year (initially schedule monthly)

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