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(Oct. 17, 2002, Gazette)

Stimulating nursing research

Some of the organizers and participants in Nursing Research Day
Photo by HSIMS
Some of the organizers and participants in Nursing Research Day included (L-R): Dr. Alice Gaudine and Dr. Lan Gien, School of Nursing; guest speaker Dr. Alba DiCenso; and Vicki Greenslade, Centre for Nursing Studies.

Nursing Research Day provided an opportunity for nurses throughout the province to share their research interests and learn more about evidence-based learning. The event was held at Memorial University’s School of Nursing, Health Sciences Centre, on Oct. 4-5.

“This research conference was a collaborative event involving faculty from Memorial University's School of Nursing, the Centre for Nursing Studies and Western Regional School of Nursing,” said Dr. Carole Orchard, director of the School of Nursing. “Our goal was to stimulate interest in nursing research and commit to evidence-based practice within the province. Nurses came together to share their research and provide opportunities for those interested in conducting research to participate in discussing issues associated with that research.”

The guest speaker for Nursing Research Day was Dr. Alba DiCenso, a nurse whose primary appointment is in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She holds a 10-year Nursing Chair co-funded by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (OMHLTC). Her research interests focus on the introduction and evaluation of acute care and primary care nurse practitioner roles; she is co-editor of Evidence-Based Nursing, an international journal.

Dr. DiCenso spoke on Evidence-Based Practice – Making a Difference in Patient Care, and on New Roles for Nursing: What is our Future? She said that because doctors and nurses are sometimes stressed and overworked they may be employing outdated treatments when dealing with patients. Her goal is to ensure that health care professionals have the resources to make clinical decisions that take into account the most recent research, studies and findings.

Other events during Nursing Research Day were poster displays on a variety of research topics and concurrent workshops on topics such as the experience of the nurse educator during clinical practicum, a summary report of the Western Regional Community Assessment Study, the effect of maternal breastfeeding confidence and problem-solving skills on maternal breastfeeding satisfaction and breastfeeding duration, international nursing, moral and ethical issues, changing nursing practice to support health promotion and health prevention, and management of acute and chronic conditions.