Best practice: Evidence-based school is in session

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 8, 2009

Staff nurses cite two main reasons for not participating in evidence-based practice (EBP) projects: lack of time and intimidation with the subject. But a program at St. Louis Children's Hospital—designated as an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® facility in 2005—has managed to overcome both of these obstacles.

The EBP scholars program at Children's takes a few nurses each year through a didactic six-week course that not only guides nurses through how to undertake an EBP project, but also supports and mentors them along the way. And the hospital leadership's support for the program is so absolute that nurses are paid for their time spent on projects and managers release nurses from clinical time for up to eight hours per week during the program.

"It's very important that nurses have time away from the bedside to work on projects," says Lisa Steurer, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPN, advanced practice nurse in the Department of Professional Practice at St. Louis Children's Hospital. "You can't do this while you're working."

Source: HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, September 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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