Heart Center nursing research: a team effort. Heart Center Nursing Research Work Group Members.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Our Heart Center staff identified a need to become more involved in nursing research and evidence based practice. A lack of awareness of the research process and current Heart Center nursing research studies resulted in low patient enrollment. To overcome these challenges a Heart Center Nursing Research Work Group (HCNRWG) was created with support of management. Staff nurses from each unit within the Heart Center participated, and sessions were facilitated by an Assistant Nurse Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Advanced Practice Nurses functioned as consultants. The goal was to support nurses in developing a greater understanding of research and promote nursing research and visibility. Results included the development of research notebooks, inclusive of medical, nursing, and collaborative research projects, "Ask Me About Nursing Research" buttons, and mechanisms for study enrollment for each unit. Writing workshops were held to assist nurses with the preparation of abstracts, manuscripts, and research. A "hot line" was established to answer questions and informational packets and newsletters were distributed to staff and leadership quarterly. An increased awareness of research among the health care team has ensued. Meeting attendance has tripled, more nursing abstracts have been submitted to national conferences and there are ongoing research studies on all heart center units with increased patient enrollment.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fullwood, J; Granger, BB; Bride, W; Taylor, MC

Published Date

  • January 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 29

PubMed ID

  • 10431316

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1751-7117

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0889-7204


  • eng