Evidence-based practice scholars
We have a special edition of Five Question Friday this week, highlighting five members of our organization who have participated in Children’s Minnesota’s evidence-based practice (EBP) scholars program. This program seeks to create a culture of clinical inquiry that advances both the professional’s practice and the standard of care at Children’s Minnesota. The scholars spend seven weeks identifying a clinical practice question, researching findings and making recommendations before presenting their findings in the annual EBP Scholar Report Out Day, held this year on Dec. 4. These five participants tell us about the importance of the program and how it is helping advance care for our patients and families.
Jodi Sand, RN, BSN, infant apnea program
What are the benefits of participating in the EBP program?
One benefit was the ability to take time that would otherwise not be available to research an issue that is important to you, your coworkers and the work you do. It is good to ask and answer, “Why do we do what do?” or “Can we do this better?” Another benefit is that it took me out of my comfort zone by needing to present my results. Not everyone may look at that as a benefit, but presenting your research to others is always a daunting task. Being in the EBP program gave me confidence and experience in public speaking.
Lee Diedrick MA, RN, C-NIC, clinical educator specialist, Children’s Center for Professional Development and Practice
Why do you think it’s important to offer the EBP program for nursing?
Considering the extensive amount of time spent in direct patient care, nurses are in the ideal position to observe, question and improve care delivery. The EBP program provides time and mentor support for nurses to find current best practices in answer to clinical questions. The EBP program promotes professional development of bedside practitioners.
Heather Faucher, RRT-NPS, system supervisor, respiratory care services
Why did you decide to participate in the EBP program?
I wanted to be a part of this program so I could learn how to formally develop a PICO (problem/population, intervention, comparison, outcome) question for what I wanted to research and learn the steps to formulate a process to implement change. I was able to present at the 2014 Scholar Report Out and gained buy-in from leadership. Today we are actively working on developing ventilator protocols in the pediatric intensive care unit. I don’t think this project would have come this far without the help of the EBP program.
Deborah Freeman, MSN, RN, patient care manager, Infant Care Center
As a manager, why do you think it is important to support staff in participating in the EBP program?
Neonatal medicine has moved beyond its infancy to adolescence. We have made significant strides in the care of our patients but have been remiss in supporting the work we do as nurses. Many of our processes stem from medical care and didn’t always reflect nursing care. Trial and error was how we found successful ways to care for the neonatal population. Now it is time for us to test, research and support our nursing practices and know that we are using the evidence to move forward. The nurse at the bedside is key to understanding patient needs and with their input and research we will build a foundation of practices that will move us into the future. Nursing can drive future innovation, creative and critical thinking and great family-centered care.
Roxanne Fernandes, RN, MHA, chief nursing officer
As the chief nursing officer, why do you think it is important to support nursing and other disciplines to participate in the EBP program?
While we all strive to provide evidenced-based care to our patients, in reality we know there is little evidence to support much of our practice. We can’t rely solely on our academic colleagues to bridge this enormous gap; it’s too large and too important. Frontline nurses and staff, in programs such as our evidence-based scholar program, are necessary if we are going to prove and improve our practice standards.