Inside best practice: Nurses take evidence-based research improvements to Africa

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 13, 2010

Sometimes, the lessons learned when traveling towards ANCC Magnet Recognition Program ® (MRP) designation are truly worth sharing—even half a world away.

Barbara Buchko, MS, RN, clinical nurse specialist in Women and Children Services with WellSPan Health’s York Hospital and Linda C. Pugh, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Director of EBP/Nursing Research at York Hospital were asked recently to take their knowledge on evidence-based practice on the road—literally. Or more accurately, up in the air. These nurse educators were invited to help a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya in Africa, improve their EBP program. The two recently visited the facility, Aga Khan University Hospital, a 250-bed, modern facility, at the request of Zeenat Sulaiman, MScN, RN, the hospital’s chief nurse.

“We at York had been working to build an infrastructure to support evidence-based practice and research,” says Buchko, who studies at Johns Hopkins University with Sulaiman, where the connection was first established. She had presented on the topic at the 2009 ANCC National Magnet Conference™ as well.

Source: This excerpt is from the December HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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