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,featuring nationally recognize speakers, are offered at several sites to support a culture of clinical inquiry. 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.