Evidence-Based Practice on a NICHE Unit: Strategies for Identifying Best Practices in the Care of the Elderly

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155559
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Presentation
Title:
Evidence-Based Practice on a NICHE Unit: Strategies for Identifying Best Practices in the Care of the Elderly
Abstract:
Evidence-Based Practice on a NICHE Unit: Strategies for Identifying Best Practices in the Care of the Elderly
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Hedges, Christine, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Meridian Health
Title:Nurse Researcher
Co-Authors:Theresa Wurmser, PhD, MPH, RN
Hospitals are faced with a rapidly growing number of elderly patients in their care; a number which is expected to rise over the next few decades.  Therefore, our hospital has adopted the Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) model in an effort to improve the culturally competent care of older patients. With grant support from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), our institution was able to expand education for nurses who care for elderly patients and implement innovative strategies to develop evidence-based practice (EBP) on units that care for elderly patients.  We believe that elderly individuals are entitled to optimal nursing care, which can best be accomplished when the gap ?between the best evidence available and the most appropriate nursing care? is realized.  This presentation will discuss creative strategies used to implement EBP on a NICHE unit.  After hospital-based nurse researchers educated Geriatric nurses (GRNs) about EBP, providing baseline knowledge about the background of EBP, nurses explored high volume patient diagnoses, care needs, and nursing interventions and identified clinical practice questions with a national consultant.  These ?brainstorming? sessions occurred over a period of 3 months and were conducted on their units during working hours, underscoring the importance of clinical questions arising from the practice setting. After prioritizing their questions, teams were formed, consisting of unit nurse educators, Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), and both novice and expert staff nurses.  National experts on EBP then provided workshops for the teams to implement their projects while unit-based APNs guided their progress. To date, four EBP topics concerning care of geriatric patients are under investigation. Once the topics are thoroughly explored, practice changes will be implemented, evaluated, and presented by the GRNs at a Geriatric Best Practices Conference.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvidence-Based Practice on a NICHE Unit: Strategies for Identifying Best Practices in the Care of the Elderlyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155559-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Evidence-Based Practice on a NICHE Unit: Strategies for Identifying Best Practices in the Care of the Elderly</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hedges, Christine, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Meridian Health</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Nurse Researcher</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">chedges@meridianhealth.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Theresa Wurmser, PhD, MPH, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Hospitals are faced with a rapidly growing number of elderly patients in their care; a number which is expected to rise over the next few decades.&nbsp; Therefore, our hospital has adopted the Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) model in an effort to improve the culturally competent care of older patients. With grant support from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), our institution was able to expand education for nurses who care for elderly patients and implement innovative strategies to develop evidence-based practice (EBP) on units that care for elderly patients.&nbsp; We believe that elderly individuals are entitled to optimal nursing care, which can best be accomplished when the gap ?between the best evidence available and the most appropriate nursing care? is realized.&nbsp; This presentation will discuss creative strategies used to implement EBP on a NICHE unit.&nbsp; After hospital-based nurse researchers educated Geriatric nurses (GRNs) about EBP, providing baseline knowledge about the background of EBP, nurses explored high volume patient diagnoses, care needs, and nursing interventions and identified clinical practice questions with a national consultant.&nbsp; These ?brainstorming? sessions occurred over a period of 3 months and were conducted on their units during working hours, underscoring the importance of clinical questions arising from the practice setting. After prioritizing their questions, teams were formed, consisting of unit nurse educators, Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), and both novice and expert staff nurses.&nbsp; National experts on EBP then provided workshops for the teams to implement their projects while unit-based APNs guided their progress. To date, four EBP topics concerning care of geriatric patients are under investigation. Once the topics are thoroughly explored, practice changes will be implemented, evaluated, and presented by the GRNs at a Geriatric Best Practices Conference.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:57:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:57:20Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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