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Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research

The Professional Nursing Staff Evidence-Based Practice and Research Committee provides a forum for clinical nurses to promote research and evidence-based practice that aligns with Rush’s strategic priorities. Through the forum, nurses receive research mentorship and make innovative links with clinical practice.

This opportunity to participate in translational research — research that is directly related to patient care — is a key component of our nursing practice model.

Several projects are ongoing and include the following:

Nurse residency program
In this program, new graduate nurses complete evaluations three times to assess for effectiveness in transitioning from novice to proficient nurse.

Illinois emergency department asthma surveillance project
A project to bring asthma care in alignment with national guidelines

Improving palliative care in the intensive care unit
Two nurses from each intensive care unit (ICU) attend end-of-life training and educate their units on end-of-life care in the ICU.

Transitions of care in cardiac patients
ACNPs and outpatient cardiology clinic nurses established a discharge protocol from cardiac ICU discharge to cardiology clinic.

Health outcomes and cost of breast milk feedings for very low birth weight infants
Monitored patients enrolled into program for improved outcomes

Effect of perioperative music on patient anxiety, pain and satisfaction levels
Examining the effect of perioperative music on patient reports of anxiety, pain and satisfaction levels

Addressing delirium in the intensive care unit
Identify barriers to using the Confusion Assessment Method delirium screening tool in Rush ICUs and subsequently create and implement interventions addressing identified barriers.

Evaluating and improving the palliative care consultation screening
Evaluate the established process for initiating a palliative care consultation, identify barriers in the process and develop improvement strategies for the process

Early mobility during hospitalization
Implement an evidence-based mobility protocol for patients hospitalized on medical-surgical floors to promote active mobility during hospitalization.

Evaluation of the rapid response team to identify opportunities for improvement
Evaluate the rapid response team at Rush to assess its current use, number of calls received and reasons for calls

Quality of life in adults with atrial septal defects
Determine how overall quality of life and health status of newly diagnosed adult patients with an atrial septal defect change from before to after percutaneous closure of the defect

Use of digital pain and analgesic diary in reducing medication error in a hospice setting
Develop and test a digital application to be used by caregivers to record patient pain and administration of analgesics and by nurse case managers to monitor caregiver administration of analgesics

Use of animal-assisted therapy
Assess the effects of animal therapy visits to patients on pain, anxiety and fatigue

Recently completed projects include the following:

  • Nasogastric tube tape device to reduce nasal pressure ulcers
  • Examining patient characteristics of those referred to palliative care consult service
  • Improving hazardous drug safety in the non-oncology setting
  • Reducing medication administration errors in acute and critical care
  • The need for a bed management communication policy
  • Evaluation of oral hygiene practices in oncology patients
  • MOVE Project: Making steps to recovery — Rush University mobility pilot

Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship

The Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship was established in 2007 to promote clinical nursing research to improve clinical practice and patient outcomes. To that end, the center provides pilot seed funding to support clinical research and scholarship activities that promote best practices in patient care.

Fundamental to the success of the center is the integration of practice, research and education through collaboration between college-based faculty and hospital-based clinicians. As part of its emphasis on clinical inquiry, the center works with Rush’s nursing leadership to stress the importance of integrating research and evidence-based practice in the clinical setting. 

In addition, the center offers the following services:

  • Hosting clinical grand rounds
  • Consultation for abstract and poster presentations
  • Assistance with manuscript preparation
  • Mentorship support for clinical research projects