Celebrating Research by Premier Health Nurses

Premier Nursing News     July 2018

During National Nurses Week, which Premier Health celebrated from April 28 to May 5, each hospital within the system, as well as Premier Health Center, celebrated our nurses’ contributions to research, evidenced-based practices, and performance improvement. Staff visited poster walks at all sites to see the amazing work of Premier Health nurses over the past year. Also on display was a sample of research projects from all Premier Health hospitals highlighted in our Magnet submission document.   

The New Knowledge Innovation and Improvements Council (NKII) of Nursing Shared Governance is very proud of our research, evidence-based practice and performance improvement (PI) projects by Premier Health nurses! We uncovered evidence to reduce falls, how hypothermia improves outcomes in cardiac arrest, and best practices for compassion fatigue, as well as discovered evidence that confirms Premier Health practices around bedside handoffs. Nurses also studied the impact of noise in the critical care environment, infection control best practices, and mitigation of sepsis. One can readily see how deeply research, EBP, and PI are integrated into the practice of nursing at Premier Health.  

Didn’t make the poster walk? Don’t worry! Posters will be shared across the system via SharePoint (Choose NKII under the Nursing Shared Governance tab), and through traveling poster shows during the spring and summer.   

The first nurse researcher Florence Nightingale said, “Life is a splendid gift – there is nothing small about it.” She also wrote in 1859: “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.”

As you review the fine work completed by nurses across Premier Health, it is easy to see that nursing is focused on Florence’s first requirement! I believe that if Florence were here reviewing the awesome work of Premier Health nurses, she would be in awe and so very proud of all the work nurses have accomplished in research, EBP and PI to make care SAFE! Congratulations!!!   

The NKII Council would like to express very special gratitude to all of our librarians across the system who help nurses find the evidence needed for practice, research, and education. The Council is particularly grateful for Shirley Sebald-Kinder, MLS, AHIP, manager of Premier Health Library and Knowledge Services. Shirley is a precious member of the NKII Council, and we are so grateful for all of her insight and hard work.  

Would you like to do research? How about a PI project? (Were you not inspired by the MVHS Versant Nurse Residents’ first PI project poster?) Want to translate evidence to practice? Contact us! We would love to hear from you! The NKII Council of Nursing Shared Governance can help you!  

Patricia O’Malley PhD, APRN-CNS, NKII Council chair
Tracy Morrison BSN, RN, MSQA, NKII Council co-chair
Amy M Stockman MS, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, NKII facilitator

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