HCTW News: An army nurse brings two hot topics into the combat zone

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 20, 2009

Nursing research and evidence-based practice (EBP) are not only important topics for nurses stationed at a bedside in an urban or rural hospital. One woman is bringing these two hot topics into the line of fire.

Major General Patricia D. Horoho, RN, chief of the Army Nurse Corps (ANC), wants to improve the quality of care soldiers and their families receive during peace and war. She envisions this happening with a combination of lessons learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and military nursing research and EBP.

Horoho’s plan to increase nursing research and EBP involves having senior army nurse researchers educate younger lieutenants on how to incorporate the two practices at the bedside, whether that is in Iraq or at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is also working on implementing a new ANC model of care that will be more patient driven, and recently a year-long residency preceptorship program was implemented to ensure new graduate ANC nurses are trained to be clinical leaders at all levels of care.

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