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A Research Conference for the Bedside Nurse

Monday September 21, 2009
Keynote speaker Karin Kirchhoff, second from right, discusses her presentation with nurses attending the Baltimore conference.
Keynote speaker Karin Kirchhoff, second from right, discusses her presentation with nurses attending the Baltimore conference.
(Photo courtesy Franklin Square Medical Center)
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Educational experiences come in many different forms.

Such was the case with the second annual “Shifting Gears: Navigating Nursing Research” conference June 10 at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore. More than 150 nurses from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region attended the event, which focused on preparing the bedside nurse for conducting research.

Keynote speaker Karin Kirchhoff, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, urged nurses to examine their everyday clinical practice as a way to identify a research topic. Using case studies as examples, Kirchhoff explained how to translate observations from daily practice into a research question.


Nurses took part in a panel discussion at the conference.
(Photo courtesy Franklin Square Hospital Center)
Robin Newhouse, RN, PhD, CNAA, BC, CNOR, assistant dean and associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, delivered a presentation regarding types of research and selecting an appropriate research design for a research study. She encouraged nurses to focus on improvements in their practice that will improve patient care and increase patient safety.

The event also included a review of basic statistics for staff nurses by Nancy Woods, PhD, MPH, CNM, associate professor, Messiah College, Grantham, Pa., and included strategies bedside nurses can use to develop skills in reading the statistical section of research articles. Julia Aucoin, RN-BC, DNS, CNE, consultant to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, offered a presentation encouraging nurses to get “revved up” for research.

A panel of nurses conducting research at Franklin Square presented their personal experiences about implementing a study and answered questions from the audience, which included RNs from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Two nurses — Ingrid Kupferman, BSN, OCN, and Janet Wojciechowski, RN, of the ambulatory oncology department — spoke about their study “Evaluating Patient Symptoms Following Initial Chemotherapy to Develop Patient Education and Timely Nursing Interventions,” which was the first IRB-approved project granted to Franklin Square’s nursing staff.

Two other IRB-approved research projects highlighted on the panel were “PCEA vs. PCA in Post C-section Patients for Pain Management and its Effects on Breast Feeding” by Joyce Carroll, RNC, BSN, NE-BC, and Shirley Kowalewski, RNC, BSB, of the women’s service line and “Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blocks in Total Knee Arthroplasty: Improving Postoperative Outcomes” by Keirstin Bueche, CNOR, BSN, MS, and Delisa Neville, BSN, MS, of the orthopedic total joint team.

Ruth Evans is chair of Franklin Square Hospital Center’s Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council. She also serves as an interventional pulmonology nurse navigator at the Weinberg Cancer Institute at Franklin Square. Kim Shanahan is a Franklin Square PACU nurse and council co-chair.


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