Clinical Nurse Specialists’ Role in Selecting & Using Knowledge to Improve Practice & Develop Practice-based Policies Designed to Promote Optimum Patient Outcomes – Canadian Health Services Research Foundation – 30 January 2012

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Clinical Nurse Specialists’ Role in Selecting & Using Knowledge to Improve Practice & Develop Practice-based Policies Designed to Promote Optimum Patient Outcomes – Canadian Health Services Research Foundation – 30 January 2012

by Dr. Joanne Profetto-McGrath (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Anna Ehrenberg, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta and Susan Young and Wendy Hill, Capital Health Authority, Edmonton, Alberta

“Main Messages

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are advanced practice nurses with expert knowledge and skills in a specific area of practice (Canadian Nurses Association, 2003). The role of the CNS in the field of evidence-based practice has largely been ignored, in spite of the fact that it is pivotal to the facilitation of research into practice in the clinical setting. The published literature is limited in terms of how CNSs access and transfer research knowledge in making clinical decisions. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to identify and develop a preliminary understanding of the approaches utilized by CNSs to select and use research knowledge in their daily practice, with the long-term aim of developing concrete strategies for this group beyond obtaining and disseminating evidence.”

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