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

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 12, 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

Collaboration among local hospitals, Sigma Theta Tau, and a local college
Every year I attend a wonderful collaborative research day. The collaborators include several local hospitals from and near my home in York, Pa., the Eta Eta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (STT), and the department of nursing from York College, York. I often mention it in this column since it really captures the spirit of collaboration to promote research conducted by staff nurses and nursing students. There were a number of wonderful posters that addressed issues such as pain management, nurse residency programs, nursing orientation, and patient safety. The podium presentations offered new insight into treatment initiatives and nursing practice. One of the more innovative presentations involved research pertaining to female nurse perceptions of male sexual assault nurses.

What really stands out about this day and never fails to impress me is the enthusiasm displayed by staff nurses and nursing students for the research process. They see that their investigations really do have an impact on nursing care and patient outcomes.

For those of you looking to enhance evidence-based practice and nursing research in your organizations I encourage you to contact your local STT chapter. If you don’t have one nearby contact STT directly ( and ask for information about chapters that may be willing to “telecollaborate” via technology. Faculty expertise in the research process is particularly helpful if your own organization does not have nurse researchers on staff.

The practical aspects and application of research findings is what makes this idea so appealing. If you would like more information on the collaborative research day please feel free to e-mail me at

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