In 2010, the idea to create a structured approach for selected direct-care nurses to have a questions answered by evidence based practice was born. Debi Eldredge RN, PhD Director of Quality, Magnet and Research worked with the Research Council to develop the curriculum, and based many ideas on the successful program already in place at UCSF. OHSU Hospital funds the hours necessary for the nurses to participate in the fellowships. Two application cycles have now been completed (2010 & 2011).
The empowerment of nurses to use research and evidence-based practice is a integral goal of the Research Council, as well as an important aspect of a Magnet designated organization.
The goals of the Nursing Fellowship in Evidence-Based Practice are to:
Direct-care nurses submit applications each fall. Six to nine fellows are selected bythe Research Council to promote diversity of ideas and nursing settings. Care is take to select fellows from adult and pediatric nurse settings. Fellows participate with their coaches in 6 workshops over 5 months, moving through a curriculum that addresses:
The fellowship concludes with project presentations.