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

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 29, 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

Clinical resources for NPD

I frequently talk about education resources (e.g. conferences, journals, etc.) devoted to the specialty of nursing professional development (NPD). Today I was reminded that clinical journals also offer good suggestions regarding education! I was reading the November issue of Nursing2012, which contained an article on “Infusing fun into quality and safety initiatives” (p. 14-16). The article talked about fun and innovative ways to enhance hand hygiene compliance, including writing a song about proper hand hygiene that was a big hit with staff members! This article was part of a regular column called Inspiring Change.

This journal often contains samples of patient education handouts and clinical research initiatives. The November issue also offered an excellent article on how to develop a business proposal to advocate for bedside resources. I was surprised (and a bit embarrassed) to realize that I had become so “focused” on resources that were obviously NPD and education oriented that I was forgetting to look at my clinical resources for such help as well!

A few months ago I suggested that we divide up the literature review responsibilities among NPD staff members so that everyone didn’t have to read “everything.” I encourage you to include clinical resources as part of these responsibilities. I know that my eyes are now opened to an amazing wealth of resources!


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