At CVMC, the Department for Research and Evidence-Based Practice encourages and supports various ongoing projects that began because of YOUR ideas and YOUR desire to improve care and promote better outcomes. Often simply asking ‘Why’ is getting the ball rolling. Many of you may have been exposed to Research and/or Evidence-Based Practice in some shape or form in either your academic programs or in you work setting. Some of you may have participated in a point-of-care project at your department or unit level.
Currently ongoing projects are in various stages ranging from IRB application preparation to pre-data collection, dissemination, and manuscript authorship. Hear from three of your colleagues that ‘got hooked’ on research & EBP in 2012 as they share their fears, lessons learned, and reflect on their experience as researchers.
Heather Lindsay, BSN, RN-BC
Psychiatry Exercise Team:
Inspired by the desire to improve the psychiatry unit’s fall prevention strategy, the team consulted the literature and ultimately developed a patient exercise program in collaboration with the CVMC FitnessPlus Director. They purchased equipment to use with patients who choose to participate in low impact exercise as means to reduce falls risks, reduce anxiety, and improve patient satisfaction.
Heather recalls, “When we first began the project, the whole idea of research was a little daunting and anxiety provoking for me. Prior to this, the extent of my research experience was one course during my BSN program at UNCC and a statistics course taken nearly 8 years ago.” She emphasizes the need for nurses to be involved and ask ‘Why’ so to actively participate in change at CVMC.
Heather feels that CVMC provides exceptional resources to allow anyone interested in conducting research or carrying out an EBP project to do so. She states, “CMVC has taken an active role in fostering and encouraging ongoing research and empowering nurses to become involved in research and EBP within their units. The hospital does a great job at offering the education sessions and providing the resources needed for nurses wishing to take a more active role in research and EBP.” As to how it impacted her in her professional nursing career, Heather notes, “Becoming involved in research and EBP allows the staff nurse to be more satisfied and fulfilled in their work and ultimately provide improved patient care leading to more optimal patient outcomes.”
Amanda Gaddy, BSN, RN-BC, NEA (member of both teams below)
- Postsurgical Pain Management Education Program EBP Project – seek to evaluate a post surgical pain management education program in which a DVD details what patients should expect following surgery in regards to pain and traditional and alternative ways to manage it.
- No Interruption Zone Research Team – Observational study evaluating interruptions that occur during medication administration. Goal is to evaluate if a no interruption zone (NIZ) protocol during the medication administration process on medical-surgical units decrease nurses’ interruptions and medication events?
Amanda is the director of two units involved in the two projects outlined above and is an active research member in each project. She provides a unique prospective on research & EBP as the one ‘juggling’ fiscal challenges and a member of two teams. When asked how the two projects got started Amanda credits her staff saying, “The unit based shared governance chose to research med errors after review of our unit specific data in regards to med errors. A charge nurse in school began a project on pain during her BSN. In both situations I fully encourage and support both to improve upon patient care.” Amanda values the role research and BEP play in keeping nursing practice and patient care current. In addition to her own practice, Amanda feels that research occurring at CVMC is “cutting edge and in the league of the larger teaching medical facilities. We definitely set a standard for other community hospitals.” Much like nearly any ‘first time researcher’, Amanda had her worries and fears. She found it most challenging to get started and feared not “Knowing all the steps/terminology” but quickly adds that “the mentorship of the EBP/research team has helped keep both teams on track.” Amanda reflects, “It has been rewarding to be a part of anything that can better the outcomes of our patients. Watching the team members go through the process and celebrate each milestone is priceless.” She closes by encouraging anyone contemplating a research/EBP topic to “Just do it! Any question you have in your mind can become a research or EBP project. As a Director, I am proud to see our accomplishments!”
Eddie Beard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Heart and read as Eddie reflects on Research & EBP at CVMC and how it impacted him in his professional and academic career.
“One of the best decisions I’ve made here at CVMC was hiring Dr. Rebecca Tart to lead our Research and EBP program.
As a result of the program Dr. Tart put into place, I have personally gained by participating in many of the learning activities offered by the Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council.
Throughout my doctoral work, Dr. Tart served as a research mentor and professional coach. Besides the actual research mentoring, she helped me process and navigate the politics of working with a dissertation committee. She was a wonderful encourager throughout the process.
From the research knowledge and skills I have learned over the past several years, I find that I am much more likely to approach problems in a more reflective and methodical manner.
If you aren’t taking advantage of the many Research & EBP learning opportunities being offered here at CVMC, you’re missing a wonderful opportunity for professional growth.”