This post was written by Lisa Morgan, MSN, RN, CNRN, AGCNS-BC, clinical nurse specialist, Parkview Neuroscience.
Nurses at Parkview Health strive to deliver excellent care to every patient, every day.
Nursing has developed and changed in the two hundred years since Florence Nightingale first discovered the importance of the connection between patient care and patient outcomes. And from the very beginning, research has been critical to how nursing evolves and improves. Florence Nightingale herself used nursing research during the Crimean War to change how nurses practiced and delivered care to soldiers to decrease infections.
Nursing research has continued to influence and further develop patient care practices used by nurses on the frontlines. For example, nursing research is used to answer questions unique to nursing care and promote the development of evidence-based care practices, which are the root of the current best practices available.
Why evidence-based care matters
Evidence-based practices impact and improve the methods used to assess patients; devices, products, and tools used by clinicians; and the policies and procedures that guide clinicians. At Parkview, nurses have integrated and implemented evidence-based practices into patient care in numerous ways including: the use of donor breast milk, prompt removal of urinary catheters, bereavement materials, many infection prevention and safety strategies, early tube feeding of proned patients, the use of weighted blankets for anxiety reduction and many others. Nurses at every level—from bedside nurses to clinical nurse specialists who are experts in evidence-based practice—participate in evidence-based practice changes and research.
Nursing research is crucial for the development of evidence-based practices and improved patient care. That’s why each year Parkview holds a Nursing Research Symposium at the Parkview Mirro Center for Innovation and Research. The symposium provides a platform for nurses to share their findings with one another, which makes it possible to continue promoting and implementing new evidence-based practices and continually improve patient care.
Mark your calendar!
Last year, the symposium focused on bridging the gap between research competition and implementation. In 2023, the focus will be on the process of integrating research into patient care.
Parkview Nursing Research Symposium
November 9, 2023
The Mirro Center for Research and Innovation