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Research
WHAT IS RESEARCH?

EBP poster pictureResearch is a scientific process that seeks to validate, refine and extend existing knowledge and generate new knowledge that directly influences the work of a discipline or group. .Nursing research focuses on the development, validation, testing and refinement of knowledge that advances nursing science and informs professional practice to improve patient care.

The Patient Care Services Research and Evidence-based Practice Committee (REBP) exists to foster the spirit of inquiry around clinical practice. The committee supports nurses in the research utilization process and communicates the results of nursing research activities. We believe that passion and purpose fueled by energizing forces builds great achievements. more...

NURSING RESEARCH @ MGH

The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research is one of four centers within the Institute of Patient Care (IPC).  The Center offers nurses and research collaborators an opportunity to participate in the development, testing, utilization, and evaluation of nursing research. more...

The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research
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HELPFUL LINKS: POLICIES & FORMS
  • IRB Forms – available on line and needs to be completed by each researcher prior to the onset of a clinical investigation:    
  • Student Research Practicum formform required to be completed by student and faculty as well as MGH preceptor prior to the onset of a clinical research study.
  • Concept Paper – preliminary form to be completed by each investigator interested in conducting a research study. This form can then be reviewed by Munn Center Staff prior to a visit to enhance the staff’s knowledge about the direction of the investigator’s work.
  • Certification and the Conduct of Research – must be completed by each investigator prior to a clinical investigation and dissemination of findings. Citi Certification is an online program available at: http//www.mghpcs/MunnCenter/Consult_IRB.asp
  • Revised Professional Practice Environment scale (RPPE) The revised Professional Practice Environment scale is a measure developed and tested at the MGH and used by nurse leaders internationally to evaluate how satisfied professional providers of care are with their practice environment. The 39 item RPPE scale measures 8 characteristics of professional practice and one item on overall satisfaction. It is available on line along with a permission to use and scoring procedures.

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MGH CLINICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM (CRP)

CRP supports all clinical research studies, providing staff and/or services to manage your study from beginning to end according to Good Clinical Practice, federal, state, and institutional regulations and guidelines. We can also facilitate survey research, large-scale data set analyses, and submission of BIG NIH applications.

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AgeWISE RESEARCH INITIATIVE

Nurses Becoming AgeWISE
To meet the geropalliative care needs of our aging population, nurses  at Massachusetts General Hospital developed a nursing workforce training program called MGH AgeWISE. The six-month nurse residency program was piloted in 12 hospitals in the US. The program consists of 96 hours of classroom training using transformative learning. Ten nurses participated from each of the pilot units, which included medical, surgical, oncology, and intensive care patient care units. The goal was to create a strong cohort of nurses who were prepared to create a caring and healing unit for older adults using newly acquired knowledge in geriatrics and palliative care. Nurses also conducted a performance improvement project on their units.

AgeWISE nurses agree; the residency program was deeply meaningful, empowering, and fulfilling.  As a result, AgeWISE nurses are more knowledgeable and confident in their care of older patients and have learned to connect with older patients and their families in a more meaningful way. Their care is focused on making sure care is aligned with the needs and preferences of older adults and better able to take part in end-of-life conversations. As a result, they have achieved a more reflective and enriching practice as they embark on this deepening path of practice (Watson, 2008). 

  • Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA
  • Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
  • Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL
  • OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
  • Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD
  • St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ
  • University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • University of Rochester Medical Center Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY

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EXTERNAL REVIEWERS

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Joint Commission standards required that hospital clinical guidelines and policies be based upon evidence in the literature. An example can be seen in the National Patient Safety Goals that relate to infection control. These goals require hospitals to "implement evidence-based practices" to prevent health care associated infections such as MRSA, central line-associated infections, surgical site infections, and urinary tract infections related to indwelling catheters. 

Magnet Recognition

Magnet_logoThe American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) describes research as “a scientific investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d., [45 CFR 46.102(d)] [21 CFR 50.3(k)] [21 CFR 312.3]). Research is distinguished from research utilization, the process of synthesizing, disseminating, and using research-generated knowledge to make an impact on, or a change in, the existing practices in society. (Burns and Grove, 2005, p. 750)”

GLOSSARY OF TERMS
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This month's featured term: Research
Research is a scientific process that seeks to validate, refine and extend existing knowledge and generate new knowledge that directly influences the work of a discipline or group. Nursing research focuses on the development, validation, testing and refinement of knowledge that advances nursing science and informs professional practice to improve patient care.

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