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Partners in Research: Building Academic-Practice Partnerships to Educate and Mentor Advanced Practice Nurses

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  • Rationale: Clinical practice is the primary focus of advanced practice nursing (APN) roles. However, with unprecedented needs for healthcare reform and quality improvement (QI), healthcare administrators are seeking new ways to utilize all dimensions of APN expertise, especially related to research and evidence-based practice. International studies reveal research as the most underdeveloped and underutilized aspect of these roles. Aims: To improve patient care by strengthening the capacity of advanced practice nurses to integrate research and evidence-based practice activities into their day-to-day practice. Methods: An academic-practice partnership was created among hospital-based advanced practice nurses, nurse administrators and APN researchers to create an innovative approach to educate and mentor advanced practice nurses in conducting point-of-care research, QI or evidence-based practice projects to improve patient, provider and/or system outcomes. A practice based research course was delivered to two cohorts of advanced practice nurses using a range of teaching strategies including one-to-one academic mentorship. All participants completed self-report surveys before and after course delivery. Results: Through participation in this initiative, advanced practice nurses enhanced their knowledge, skills and confidence in the design, implementation and/or evaluation of research, QI, as well as evidence-based practice activities. Conclusion: Evaluation of this initiative provides evidence of the acceptability and feasibility of academic-practice partnerships to educate and mentor point of care providers on how to lead, implement and integrate research, QI and evidence-based activities into their practices.

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    © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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    • Harbman, P., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Martin-Misener, R., Carter, N., Covell, C. L., Donald, F., Gibbins, S., Kilpatrick, K., McKinlay, J., Rawson, K., Sherifali, D., Tranmer, J., and Valaitis, R. (2016) Partners in research: building academic-practice partnerships to educate and mentor advanced practice nurses. J Eval Clin Pract, doi: 10.1111/jep.12630.
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