I recently taught a health promotion course to graduate nursing students. We reviewed many issues including the implementation of evidence in practice. We were reminded that evidence based practice includes the use of data from well conducted research studies, but also includes the clinical experience of the practitioner and, most importantly, input from the patient. […]
When is the evidence too old?
A few weeks ago, when submitting an abstract to a nursing conference, I was suddenly faced with a dilemma about age. Not my own age, but the age of evidence I was using to support my work. One key element of the submission criteria was to provide five research citations to support the abstract, and […]
Should undergraduate student nurses undertake research?
Last week I took up a new post as Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Having been involved in teaching health professionals research and evidence-based practice at undergraduate and post graduate levels, for over 10 years, I am excited about being offered the opportunity to be part of the school’s […]
The Murky Real World
I am a professor at a university School of Nursing but I also continue to work part time as a nurse practitioner in a primary health care centre. It’s important for me to practice for many reasons. I really enjoy the type of work and the pace of the clinic setting. Additionally, I need to […]
My term as Associate Editor, Evidence Based Nursing (EBN) comes to an end this week. As I reflect over the last three years on the activities that we participate in as an Associate Editor – rating scientific abstracts for their rigor and relevance to nursing (those with the highest ratings are selected for a commentary […]
Engaging and collaborating with children, young people and families
Well in my last blog I was preparing for two conferences, the 2nd Paediatric Nurses Association Europe Congress held in Glasgow, Scotland and the 7th International Shared Decision Making conference in Lima, Peru, and promised to share with you the debates and issues from these conferences. The conferences contrasted in relation to delegate backgrounds, focus, and […]
To Tweet, or not to Tweet?
I attended a conference a few years ago where participant engagement was encouraged through Twitter. Tweets that were sent to the conference group twitter site were simultaneously posted to screens around the conference venue. In keeping with the spirit of the even, I opened a Twitter account. However, after the conference, I was only minimally […]
Athena’s gift: the value of wisdom and mentorship
This week guest blog is by Professor Annie Topping, Professor of Nursing and Director Centre for Health & Social Care Research, University of Huddersfield, UK Suddenly ‘mentorship’ seems to be in the air. There is a lot of chatter about the value of mentorship and schemes are proliferating such as the National Institute for Health […]
Is leadership the key to implementing evidence into practice?
The importance of considering context when attempting to implement evidence into practice is becoming increasing apparent. Organisational culture (context) was found to influence the care provided in eight paediatric hospitals in Canada with contextual factors explaining many of the variations noted in practice (Estabrooks et al., 2011). A key element of the context is leadership. […]
A renal conference to share evidence
Date for the diary – Malmo, Sweden 31st August-3rd July 2013. A really good way of catching up with the latest evidence in an area of interest is to attend a conference. The 42nd European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA) International Conference taking place in Malmö, Sweden, is coming closer […]