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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Research & EBP

Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practiceresearch group

New knowledge is being generated every day in many fields and there is a research-to-practice lapse estimated to be greater than 15 years. It is imperative to narrow the gap between publishing research and practice change.  Evidence based practice (EBC) allows nurses to keep their practice current.  EBP integrates best evidence, clinical expertise and patient values into decision making that enables our patient to experience the highest quality healthcare.

Our Research Council identifies nursing research priorities, strengthens the research climate & infrastructure and implements quality nurse-led research studies.  In addition, the council promotes interdisciplinary & collaborative research partnerships, provides education regarding research methodology, critical thinking strategies and evidence-based practice, and utilizes scientific knowledge to advance quality of care.  Through interdisciplinary efforts Houston Methodist increases research visibility.

Nurses who have a research question, and idea for a research study, or an innovative idea have the support through our Research Council to come forward and pursue their ideas in a supportive environment.  Most often the most important ideas for research are those generated by clinicians who provide direct patient care.

Mona Cockerham, MSN RN and Robin Howe, MSN RN completed a randomized mixed method study to evaluate the effect of a 30-minute scheduled break on fatigue and nurse job satisfaction.

Our nurses present at local, state and national meetings:

  • Val Howell, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC - Chasing Zero: Reducing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in The Intensive Care Unit: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Wendi Froege, MSN, RN - Time Management: Making the Most of Your Nursing Minutes
  • Sandra Thornton, MSN, MBA, RN - Using Data to Maximize Quality and Outcomes: Open-Object Customization Tools and Clinical Intelligence, October 2010