Evidence-based health services management for nurse leaders: an intracampus partnership and curriculum

Jacobs, Susan Kaplan (2009). Evidence-based health services management for nurse leaders: an intracampus partnership and curriculum. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-14). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Jacobs, Susan Kaplan
Title of paper Evidence-based health services management for nurse leaders: an intracampus partnership and curriculum
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 14
Formatted Abstract/Summary OBJECTIVE:
In 2008, the New York University Graduate School of Public Service and NYU Libraries faculty partnered to offer a credit course to prepare nurse managers in a graduate program to use the evidence-based paradigm as a framework for locating and filtering best quality evidence to support decision making in the workplace.

METHODS:
Using lecture, demonstration, hands-on exercises, online tutorials, and readings, the students gained a theoretical basis for framing answerable research questions and exploiting the structure of bibliographic databases to retrieve evidence for management challenges such as medication administration, patient safety, reducing nursing turnover, among many research topics focused on healthcare quality, cost, and access. Critically appraising the literature in the context of the evidence pyramid is introduced along with sources for both free and fee-based data, statistics, and government information.

RESULTS:
Nurse managers gained competence in navigating, citing, and communicating; they demonstrated an understanding of the evidence hierarchy, assessing methodological quality, and the social and ethical issues related to the provision, dissemination, and sharing of information.

CONCLUSIONS:
Nurse leaders, in their critical role in contemporary healthcare organizations, have a pressing need to locate evidence-based research. Information literacy embedded in a framework of evidence empowers nurse managers with strategies to retrieve research to support decision making and practice changes in the workplace. A credit course dedicated to an evidence-based approach to the profusion of available information provides a foundation for lifelong professional competence in the use of health services management research.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
Keyword Nursing education
Evidence Based Practice
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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