Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)

2007 Council Special Topics Conference
October 24, 2007
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C.
Practice-Based Evidence:
Another Side of the Knowledge Development Coin

Schedule of Events

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Tuesday, October 23
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Special Partners Session
Collaborations: The Key to Building New Knowledge


Wednesday, October 24
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction
Marilyn S. Sommers, PhD, RN, FAAN
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
Steering Committee Chair

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN
American Academy of Nursing

Nancy Bergstrom, PhD, RN, FAAN
2007 Special Topics Conference Chair

Setting the Stage: The Case for Another Paradigm
Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM

Goal: The strengths and weaknesses of the current research paradigm based on randomized controlled trials are discussed and a case made for another paradigm where evidence emerging from clinical practice can be captured and utilized to inform practice.

Practice-Based Evidence through Clinical Practice Improvement: Implementing Practice-Based Evidence Models
Susan Horn, PhD
Sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Goal: One approach to Practice-Based Evidence using Clinical Practice Improvement methodologies is described. Insights are revealed into the selection of an interdisciplinary team, working as a team with point of care personnel, identifying and defining variables (patient, processes of care, outcome, and system), collecting prospective and retrospective data, as well as working with the team to analyze and report data. Training of scientists, opportunities for funding, and influencing public policy are discussed by Dr. Horn.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Case Studies: Implementing Practice-Based Evidence using Clinical Practice Improvement Models

Goal: Panel discussion provides specific examples of observational studies, the research questions asked, discoveries relevant for practice, and recommendations for further research and policy support. Study processes and outcomes are presented.

Stroke Rehabilitation and Joint Replacement Studies
Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM

National Pressure Ulcer Long-Term Care Study (NPULS)
Nancy Bergstrom, PhD, RN, FAAN

Douglas F. Willson, MD

Discussion by all and Q & A

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Presentation by NINR Director or Representative
Patricia Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

A Grand Challenge: Building Interoperable Health Information Networks
Charlene R. Weir, PhD, RN, MSN
Sponsored by American Nurses Credentialing Center

Goal: The Veterans Health Administration experience in creating an information infrastructure and electronic health record that has become a national model is discussed by Dr. Weir. The focus is on the socio-technical transformation created by the implementation of the comprehensive electronic health and the impact that the computerized information system has on informing, supporting and evaluating health care delivery.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Sponsored by The Massachusetts General Hospital-Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Strategies and Techniques to Support Practice-Based Evidence and Evidence-Based Practice

Goal: In this session, multiple, specific examples of and features of using informatics for advancing practice-based research through defining, deploying and using evidence captured within clinical information systems are discussed by foremost nurse experts.

Working with Vendors to Bring Evidence to Practice
Colleen Goode, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Colorado Hospital

Goal: The role of a chief nursing officer in working with vendors to assure the evidence in purchased clinical information systems supports the clinical and managerial practice is examined by Dr. Goode.

Building Informatics within the Clinical Enterprise
Marcelline Harris, RN, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

Goal: The impact of informatics presence in an integrated practice and research environment, emphasizing the infrastructure considerations from a health care enterprise perspective is discussed by Dr. Harris.

Translating Informatics Research to Practice
Suzanne Bakken, DNS, RN, FAAN
Columbia University

Goal: The development of an informatics research program and the extent to which health information standards have enabled translation of that research into practice is described by Dr. Bakken.

Developing Informatics Standards for Nursing
Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Utah

Goal: The development of the Scope and Standards for Informatics Practice, highlighting the emergence of informatics as a specialty practice and the need to build informatics capacity in nursing is discussed by Dr. Staggers.

Questions and Dialogue – Panel and Audience

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Preparing for the Future
Norma Lang, PhD, RN, FRCN, FAAN
Sponsored by the Indiana University School of Nursing

Goal: A vision for the future, the promise of health information technology and informatics, the impact on quality initiatives and the potential this holds for the discipline, health care and public policy is discussed by Dr. Lang, an early and enduring activist for health information technology and informatics.

4:30 p.m.


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