In 2002, a Nursing Research Council was formed to educate nurses about the importance of using research in clinical practice. Co-chaired by a staff nurse and the director of nursing research & quality, the council is comprised of staff nurses, clinical nurse specialists and other nursing leaders.
Through education/mentoring and collaboration, the council’s overall vision is to create a culture of evidence-based practice within the nursing organization to ensure that the patients/families we serve achieve the best possible outcomes. The primary functions of the Council are outlined in the Charter.
Beyond research conduction, the primary activity of the Council is research utilization. Through evidence synthesis, the Nursing Research Council has developed and disseminated evidence-based practice guidelines on a number of nursing interventions to promote best practice. Examples of guidelines developed include: