Evidence-Based Poster Presentations: An Innovative Approach to Master's Projects

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156616
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Presentation
Title:
Evidence-Based Poster Presentations: An Innovative Approach to Master's Projects
Abstract:
Evidence-Based Poster Presentations: An Innovative Approach to Master's Projects
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2005
Author:Rutledge, Dana N., PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:California State University, Fullerton
Title:Associate Professor, Nursing
Co-Authors:Linda Searle Leach, PhD, RN, CNAA
Background: Graduate student projects had been small studies (primarily chart reviews), allowing students to incorporate/apply knowledge from core classes. Projects were finalized as formal papers. In evaluations, some students reported that doing a research project was not applicable to work upon graduation. Faculty found time necessary to chair projects excessive. The Graduate Committee voted to reframe the process into an evidence-based practice (EBP) framework with flexible outcomes. Innovation: Research classes (4 total) were changed to focus on EBP. Students read research as potential practice evidence, including utility and feasibility as critique elements. The required proposal was changed to include non-research projects such as case studies, literature reviews, research utilization plans, problem analyses, among other options. Students were guided to include summary tables of studies within their proposals. This ôevidenceö served to drive project content, especially clinical recommendations. Students could submit formal abstracts to a local nursing honor society call for poster presentations. Once accepted, students were assisted in making posters using templates. Most students (n = 33) in the first cohort chose this option. They were coached in poster etiquette and contributed as presenters at a poster session attended by 100+ nurses. Results/Conclusions: Evidence supports continuation of this process. The audience enjoyed the creative and professional nature of the posters and focus on clinical topics. Several students who submitted papers admitted having ôposter envy.ö Changing the research trajectory focus to EBP has been well received by students/faculty. Culminating projects can be either a poster or paper. First year students completing research courses attended the poster presentation and benefited from the experience. Recommendations: This innovation has been adopted and we will continue to evaluate this approach as another cohort of students engages in culminating project work. We estimate that 50+ students will be submitting abstracts for the 2005 poster presentation session.
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 Poster Presentations: An Innovative Approach to Master's Projectsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156616-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Evidence-Based Poster Presentations: An Innovative Approach to Master's Projects</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">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Rutledge, Dana N., PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">California State University, Fullerton</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor, Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">drutledge1@cox.net</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Linda Searle Leach, PhD, RN, CNAA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background: Graduate student projects had been small studies (primarily chart reviews), allowing students to incorporate/apply knowledge from core classes. Projects were finalized as formal papers. In evaluations, some students reported that doing a research project was not applicable to work upon graduation. Faculty found time necessary to chair projects excessive. The Graduate Committee voted to reframe the process into an evidence-based practice (EBP) framework with flexible outcomes. Innovation: Research classes (4 total) were changed to focus on EBP. Students read research as potential practice evidence, including utility and feasibility as critique elements. The required proposal was changed to include non-research projects such as case studies, literature reviews, research utilization plans, problem analyses, among other options. Students were guided to include summary tables of studies within their proposals. This &ocirc;evidence&ouml; served to drive project content, especially clinical recommendations. Students could submit formal abstracts to a local nursing honor society call for poster presentations. Once accepted, students were assisted in making posters using templates. Most students (n = 33) in the first cohort chose this option. They were coached in poster etiquette and contributed as presenters at a poster session attended by 100+ nurses. Results/Conclusions: Evidence supports continuation of this process. The audience enjoyed the creative and professional nature of the posters and focus on clinical topics. Several students who submitted papers admitted having &ocirc;poster envy.&ouml; Changing the research trajectory focus to EBP has been well received by students/faculty. Culminating projects can be either a poster or paper. First year students completing research courses attended the poster presentation and benefited from the experience. Recommendations: This innovation has been adopted and we will continue to evaluate this approach as another cohort of students engages in culminating project work. We estimate that 50+ students will be submitting abstracts for the 2005 poster presentation session.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:57:26Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:57:26Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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