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

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 16, 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

Drawing inspiration from an a annual nursing research day

Over the years I have mentioned the superb Research Day education program, a collaborative effort of my local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (Eta Eta chapter, York College of Pa.), Hanover Hospital (Hanover, Pa.), Memorial Hospital (York, Pa.), and Wellspan Health (York, Pa.). It is really inspiring to see how students and staff nurses have participated in the nursing research process for the purpose of enhancing patient outcomes. This year, there were a few presentations and posters that really stood out for me. I wanted to share them with you to help inspire your own research efforts.

  • Keynote address: Kathryn T. VonRueden, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, FCCM, presented an excellent keynote address titled:”Clinical research and EBP: What’s in it for me” She stressed the need for collaboration as she described the relationships between quality improvement, evidence-based practice (EBP), and clinical research. She analyzed the positive impact that nurses’ involvement in EBP and clinical research had on quality patient outcomes. Finally, sheemphasized the importance of encouraging nurses to question current practice, base nursing on science, use research to answer questions, and establish EB protocols.
  • “Do men belong in sexual assault nursing?” This presentation, presented by Peter Eisert, BS, RNC-NIC, SANE-A, SANE-P,CFN, discussed the perceptions of female sexual assault nurses regarding male nurses who fulfill that role. He also identified themes that support and preclude males from practicing as sexual assault nurses.
  • Poster presentations: Three poster presentations particularly grabbed my attention. These dealt with a description of clinical decision-making models used by undergraduate nursing students, the positive impact of bedside reporting, and a review of nurse residency program outcomes.

These brief comments cannot convey the sense of professional pride generated annually during this conference. I encourage all nursing professional development specialists to investigate the feasibility of this type of collaboration!

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