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Nurses at the bedside, as well as those in advanced practice, nursing education and research, all enjoy many opportunities to explore nursing science and evidence-based practice at Advocate Health Care.

Each year, RNs may apply to participate in the Julie Schaffner Research Fellowship Workshop series. Fellows earn contact hours while learning the research process, and are mentored by experienced researchers and content experts to develop proposals and carry out research or to conduct evidence-based practice projects. The Nursing Research Committee has adapted and expanded on the Iowa Model for Evidence-Based Practice, including the establishment of a process and infrastructure for the implementation of evidence-based practice changes. Projects that have been completed, as well as those that have been disseminated, are included in our 2013 Advocate Health Care Nursing Research Committee Annual Report.

Annual research conferences have been offered at several sites to support a culture of clinical inquiry, often featuring nationally recognized speakers. Advocate Nursing Research Conference Nursing Science Days at Advocate Christ Medical Center; Nursing Research Showcase at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital; and the Nursing and Clinical Science Symposium at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, multiple journal clubs, poster sessions, and other programs round out the many Advocate offerings highlighting nursing science. In 2013, the 1st Annual Nursing Research Symposium Collaborating to Advance the Profession, recreated as a system-wide event, was held at Advocate Christ Medical Center.  Over two hundred nurses attended the program that featured topics such transforming care through nursing and translational research, along with poster sessions and other concurrent sessions highlighting innovation and evidence-based nursing practice. The 2nd Annual Nursing Research Symposium will be held in April, 2014.

In June, 2013, the Nursing Research Committee awarded the inaugural Laurel Barbour Nursing Research Scholarship Awards. Recipients of this award include Jackie Murauski, RN, MSN, APN, CPAN, CCRN, for her research project “A Feasibility Study Using the Essential Oil Lavender to Reduce Preoperative Anxiety in Females Undergoing Breast Surgery,” and JoAnne Pouliot, RN, MS, for her project “Automated vs. Manual Blood Pressure in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and/or Hypertension.”

Alexis Barbour Florczak funded the Laurel Barbour Nursing Research Scholarship Award to recognize the contributions made to nursing and nursing research by her mother, Laurel Barbour. The award is intended to be given annually to a novice nurse researcher. The principal investigator of the project must be a nurse from any Advocate Health Care site who has completed the system’s Nursing Research Fellowship, an intensive training program in research methods. Murauski is a post-anesthesia care nurse at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Pouliot is a critical care educator and project specialist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.

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