Best practice: Use in-house resources to meet nursing research expectations

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 30, 2009

Meeting expectations under Component IV: New knowledge, innovations, and improvements can be challenging because getting staff nurses involved in nursing research is not always easy. But leadership at St. Peter's Health Care Services—an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recipient in 2005—in Albany, NY, turned to the people who had the skills to really lead and mentor nurses on research: advanced practice nurses (APN).

"The role of the APN had been focused heavily on education and orientation, and we needed it to move toward research and quality improvement," says Maureen Cavanagh, RN, C-EFM, MS, MAHCM, APN. "So with organizational support, [administration] discovered other ways to accomplish education and orientation activities to allow APNs, who had skills in research and quality improvement, more time to mentor nurses."

APNs still focus on education and orientation, with a heavier focus on being a research mentor with the expectations of:

  • Leading nurses in research projects
  • Mentoring nurses in the research process and use of evidence-based practice (EBP)
  • Collaborating with other disciplines in implementing EBP
  • Helping nurses submit abstracts for poster or podium presentations at national conferences
  • Helping and encouraging nurses to publish research outcomes

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Source: HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, June issue. 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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