(Oct. 17, 2002, Gazette)
|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 Universitys 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they may be employing outdated treatments when dealing with patients.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.