From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 6, 2012

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

Strategies to engage in nursing staff development research

As we look forward to all that the New Year will bring, consider collaborating with your local colleges and universities to enhance your nursing research/professional development research endeavors.

In my hometown of York, PA, we are fortunate to have wonderful nursing research endeavors. The Eta Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, in conjunction with several of our local hospitals and health systems and York College of Pennsylvania, work together to facilitate collaborative nursing research that focuses on improving patient outcomes at the staff nurse level. Every year a research day seminar is presented and I am always impressed with the caliber of research being conducted, and often led, by staff nurses.

Another impressive facet of this endeavor is the way diverse groups of people from a variety of education and healthcare settings work together to identify tactics that improve patient outcomes and enhance the role of the bedside nurse in nursing practice initiatives.

Investigate the Sigma Theta Tau website to locate your local chapters ( and to access contact information. The colleges and universities with whom you have student affiliations are also excellent collaborative resources. But the most important aspect, to me, of this collaboration, is the opportunity to empower staff nurses to make practice changes for the good of the patient. Egos and territoriality have been all but abandoned in the pursuit of nursing excellence.

If you would like more information about the York initiatives please e-mail me at and I can supply you with additional contact options.

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