Nursing Evidence-based Practice Conference Summary
The 10 annual Nursing Evidence-based Practice (EBP) Conference was held at the Carle Forum on December 4, 2018. Over 150 nurses and nursing students attended the conference. The theme was EBP Fitness - A Daily Exercise. Evidence-based Practice is defined as seeking and implementing best standards of practice based on evidence including research, expert opinion and patient values. The Carle Research Nurse Specialist and Biomedical Information Specialist presented concepts and tools to equip nurses for evidence-based professional and patient interactions. These interactions allow the patient and clinical nurse to dialogue about care plans and preferences. Small group “EBP Huddles” allowed participants to examine and discuss a professional journal article on patient-centric EBP. Members of the Nursing EBP/Research Committee facilitated the huddle discussions. Those attending were given tools and training to enable them to begin “EBP Huddles” on topics of choice in their own practice area. EBP project posters by Carle nurses and local nursing students were displayed in the Forum and other lobby areas throughout the main Carle campus. Six nurse-led EBP and research projects were also presented as exemplars. Interest in EBP Huddles, projects and patient engagement continue to grow as we look ahead to 2019 and begin to develop a pool of EBP mentors throughout the Carle organization.