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Military Nurses Collaborate to Solve Clinical Challenges in EBP Workshop

Nearly 50 military nurses gathered at the TSNRP conference facility today for an Evidence-Based Practice Workshop titled EBP for Military Nursing and Readiness. Army, Navy and Air Force were represented by seasoned and junior officers, as well as civilians working in military treatment facilities. Fifteen attendees were brand new to Evidence-Based Practice projects.

COL John Yauger, PhD, CRNA, AN, TSNRP executive director, kicked off the event highlighting resources military nurses gain as members of TSNRP including courses, fellowships, the resource center, research interest groups, and contact hour opportunities.

EBP Facilitator Twanda Gainer introduced the importance of creating a “culture of curiosity” to advance clinical inquiry, indicating the most successful health organizations invite curiosity and constantly question current standards of practice to improve outcomes.

Dr. LeAnne Lovett-Floom offered an in-depth view of The Iowa Model Revised: Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Excellence in Health Care©, authored by the University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC), one the most popular EBP models in nursing practice, in part due to its specific guidance to pilot small practice changes and evaluate outcomes before implementing large-scale change. According to the UIHC, “the model ensures consistency in the delivery of nursing care, and defines for all registered nurses their authority, autonomy and accountability as they care for patients and families in our community, our state and world.”

The course featured a special presentation on best practices in searching literature by Rhonda J. Allard, MLIS, the head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at the James Z. Zimble Learning Resource Center of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

CDR Shawna Grover, a health sciences researcher and assistant department head for Nursing Research & Consultation Services at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, led learning on how to form a valid clinical question following the PICOT method: Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome and Time. Plus, CDR Grover offered a presentation on how to create a systematic approach to reading scientific literature to identify research related to a specific clinical question.

Ms. Gainer detailed the EBP Framework, known as KABOB, as a means to provide structure for collecting the right data to inform a research approach. KABOB is an acronym for Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviors, Outcomes, and Balancing Measures. Christine Leyden, RN, MSN, program manager for TSNRP, followed with realistic and feasible approaches to evaluate EBP projects and resulting outcomes.

Several hands-on and interactive exercises supported attendee learning, and time was dedicated for attendees to apply learning to their EBP projects. Mentors will follow up with attendees in four weeks to help advance their progress.

To request an EBP Workshop at your facility, contact TSNRP TSNRP offers Evidence-Based Practice consults conducted by TSNRP Regional EBP Facilitators.


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