posted September 28, 2006

Nursing Co-Sponsors Workshop at Hope on Sept. 29

The department of nursing at Hope College is co-sponsoring an all-day professional workshop on clinical practice on Friday, Sept. 29.

The workshop, "Igniting the Spirit of Inquiry: Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Practice Settings," is taking place in the Maas Center. Some 110 nurses have registered to attend the event, which is also co-sponsored by the Grand Valley State University Kirkhof School of Nursing, Holland Hospital and the Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.

The workshop will feature two nationally recognized nurse authors/speakers: Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who is the Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University, and Dr. Ellen Fineout-Overholt, who is director at the Arizona State University College of Nursing.

Evidence-based practice is the conscientious and explicit use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.

Presentations during the workshop will include "Making a Case for Evidence-Based Practice," "Asking the Searchable, Answerable Questions and Finding the Best Evidence," "Critically Appraising Evidence: Pre-appraised Evidence, Primary Studies and Systematic Reviews," "Applying Evidence to Practice" and "Creating a Vision for Evidence-Based Practice." In addition to the conference participants, 35 Hope students will be attending a luncheon featuring the two speakers.