From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 17, 2010

Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing staff development expert Adrianne Avillion. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of staff development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Q: Are there any options for journal clubs other than the old method of reading and discussing articles?

Online journal clubs are a popular trend. Some staff development specialists put links to articles on their organization's employee website. Nurses follow the links, read the articles online, and discuss them either in person, in online chat rooms, or via e-mails or texts.

The club's discussions don't need to be limited to journal articles. You could use links to professional associations, healthcare sites such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or online newspaper articles about various healthcare issues.

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