From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 4, 2010

Editor's note: Welcome to our new feature written by staff development expert Adrianne Avillion. Each week, Adrianne will write about an important issue in the area of staff development or answer reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Q: Years ago, we had a Journal Club that met at lunchtime, but people didn't want to give up their lunchtime and it wasn't a priority to take time away from the work setting. Is there a better way to set up a Journal Club?

A: How about a virtual Journal Club? I've been talking to colleagues who have established Journal Clubs on their hospital's intranet site or via e-mail. They provide links to articles that are accessible to staff nurses. After the nurse reads the article, he/she is asked to reflect on its content or evaluate it if it deals with research or a new treatment option and send comments to either a nurse manager or staff development specialist, whoever is spearheading the Journal Club. Some colleagues have even set up e-mail communications or chat rooms that give nurses a chance to discuss the articles virtually.

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