The Center for Nursing Practice at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center promotes nursing education and best practices based on research and evidence. Through collaboration between nurses and nursing leaders in 1993, a Nursing Research Committee was formed. CNP provides the framework for the culture of inquiry at Englewood through oversight of the committee and the Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council.
The goal of the committee is to plan and present annual research conferences, the first of which was held in 1994. The goal of the council is to support nurses’ professional growth and career development by providing expert guidance in formulating EBP and research projects. Then CNP reviews, approves and represents the nursing projects to Englewood’s Institutional Review Board.
By providing an interactive framework, CNP normalized a culture of inquiry that includes education, planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of research and EBP. CNP also provides mentoring, statistical support, information technology and library resources. Englewood nurses are expected to be able to translate EBP and research to provide safe, high-quality healthcare services in the following topics:
• Independent nursing studies: “The Effect of Various Instructional Methodologies on the Retention of Pressure Ulcer Knowledge Among RNs in Home Care, Medical Surgical and Critical Care Settings” and “Nurses’ Attitudes Toward Family Presence During Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.”
• Interdisciplinary research studies with healthcare providers: “Caring for the Professional Caregiver: A comprehensive program for hospital staff to improve stress management and communication skills” and “What is the Relationship Between Obtaining a Comprehensive Health Assessment and Improving Cardiovascular and Sleep Disorder Risk Factor Identification for Women in Specific Medical Center Locations?”Patricia Fonder, RN
• Multisite research studies: “Nurses’ Skill Level and Access to Evidence-Based Practice.”
• Collaborative research studies with graduate students from local universities: “A Grounded Theory Study in Acute Care Case Management” and “The Cultural Context of Postpartum Depression Among Women of Spanish Ancestry.”
Annual conferences provide a forum for dissemination of the results of research and EBP projects. For the first 10 years, annual conferences focused on research. But in 2006, the conferences expanded inquiry into EBP. Renowned speakers include experts in the nursing profession, such as Edna Cadmus, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, clinical professor and specialty director, Nursing Leadership Program at Rutgers, and Jean Watson, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, founder, Watson Caring Science Institute.
Annual conference highlights include humanism and caring in nursing; transcultural nursing; palliative care; women’s health; patient safety and quality improvement; initiating, using and evaluating nursing research; applications of the IOWA model; healthcare reform; and opportunities for advanced practice nurses.
Nursing Research Conference Committee members include nursing staff, APNs, nurse educators and the executive director and coordinator of the CNP. Current members are Carol Boutillier, RN; Diane Casella, MPH; Carol Eastman, RN, MSN; Anne Ellenson, RN, MSN, NE; Erline Everett, RN, BC, MSN, ANP; Patricia Fonder, RN-BC, MSN, CCRN; Susan Jackson, RN, MSN; Irena Mandel, RN: Christine Massey, RN, MSN; Karen Rafti, RN, BC, MSN; Lia Sabbagh, MLS, and Maryelena Vargas, RN, DNSc, IBCLC. Co-chairs are Susan DeGennaro, RN, MS, APN-C, OCN, and Barbara Wiklinski, RN, EdD, CNE.