Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator
A 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine entitled The Future of Nursing argued for increased training for nurses in a number of competencies including research and evidence-based practice. For health professionals who do not have access to a medical library and for those in rural areas, accessing such training and finding reliable health information to support their practice can be a challenge. NN/LM MAR assists health professionals by providing training on free online tools to support evidence-based practice.
This contract year, MAR has developed a new collaboration with the Center for Rural Health Practice. They are located at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford and provide training on evidence-based practice to nurses at rural hospitals in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
In August 2014, I travelled to Bradford Regional Medical Center, a 182-bed community hospital near the Allegheny National Forest, to provide a 5-hour training entitled “Evidence-Based Nursing: Finding the Research.” Here’s an article about the August training published in Bradford Today. In February 2015, I was asked to do the same presentation at Cole Memorial Hospital, a 49-bed Critical Access Hospital in Coudersport, PA, with a population of 2,546.
Participants received CNE credit from the Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
In both classes, nearly all participants reported learning about new resources in the training, and all but one anticipated using their new skills in the next month. Expected outcomes of the training included:
Future plans for the collaboration with the Center for Rural Health Practice include developing a one-hour introduction to evidence-based practice that will first be offered at Cole Memorial, as part of their Nurses Week in May. In the next few months, MAR will also be sharing training materials online for members who would like to offer similar training to nurses in their organizations.
Are you interested in having a MAR coordinator provide “Evidence-Based Nursing: Finding the Research” at your hospital? Contact Kate Flewelling to discuss.