A clinical development unit in cardiology: The way forward

Boyde, Mary, Jen, Colleen, Henderson, Amanda and Winch, Sarah (2005) A clinical development unit in cardiology: The way forward. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 11 3: 134-139. doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.2005.00514.x

Author Boyde, Mary
Jen, Colleen
Henderson, Amanda
Winch, Sarah
Title A clinical development unit in cardiology: The way forward
Journal name International Journal of Nursing Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7114
Publication date 2005-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2005.00514.x
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 134
End page 139
Total pages 6
Place of publication Carlton, Australia
Publisher Blackwell Science
Language eng
Subject 321000 Clinical Sciences
321103 Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care)
321003 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
321100 Nursing
1110 Nursing
111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
1103 Clinical Sciences
110201 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Abstract The clinical development unit (CDU) has been recognized as an effective strategy to progress creativity and resoucefulness in nursing practice to improve patient outcomes. Clinical development units, through transformational leadership, promote staff development, the use of research evidence and dissemination of research findings through publication and presentations. The aim of this paper is to clearly articulate the processes (in particular, research and education initiatives) related to the development of staff that address issues in the everyday workplace and, accordingly, have been instrumental in the success of the creation of a CDU in cardiology. These units aim to achieve and promote excellence in an identifiable area of nursing using a systematic, transparent and defensible approach. A review of acute coronary syndrome informed the needs and direction of staff activities in the cardiology unit of a tertiary referral hospital. Through a collaborative staff approach, evidence was carefully examined to plan its appropriate adoption into the clinical area. Nursing practice and education resulting from this review was scheduled into staff career progression. These initiatives have been incorporated into staff development learning, enabling the integration of research into practice, which ultimately has a positive impact on patient outcomes.
Keyword Cardiology
Clinical development unit
Evidence-based practice
Q-Index Code C1

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Created: Fri, 10 Jun 2005, 10:00:00 EST by Amanda Henderson on behalf of School of Social Science