Lightning Talk: Program Description Abstract

The Force of Magnetism: Nursing-Library Collaborations to Support Magnet

Monday, May 6
4:50 PM - 4:55 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : The ANCC Magnet model is built on 5 Model Components and 14 Forces of Magnetism. The Components and Forces, including Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, New Knowledge, Innovation & Improvement, and Empirical Quality Results (Models), and Professional Development, Quality Improvement, Nurses as Teachers, and Quality of Care (Forces) encourage and recognize professional growth, care improvement, and knowledge dissemination. Familiarity with searching professional literature and information literacy are key skills needed to grow Magnetism. This presentation will describe a collaboration between Magnet leadership and the library to build programs designed to support Magnet values and outcomes.

Description : Magnet leadership at a four-time Magnet-designated hospital approached the library with a proposal for an evidence-based program pilot. The librarian’s role in the pilot was co-developing the instructional module introducing EBP, searching the literature and evidence appraisal, and hands-on small group search training with a PhD-prepared nurse. The program was launched in 2015 and post-program analysis showed improved understanding of the EBP process and higher information literacy confidence. Building on the success, the following year the interdisciplinary team consisting of hospital magnet leadership, nursing research leadership, and the librarian added a nursing research program.

The ongoing educational programs were named best practice by ANCC Magnet appraisers and the program projects were cited in the Magnet documentation. Following appraiser evaluation, to address the need to disseminate knowledge externally, this year the hospital is launching a program helping nurses publish.

Conclusion : The program started as an instructional venture introducing the concepts of evidence-based practice and nursing research to hospital staff nurses. Since its inception, 6 projects have led to practice change, 3 have been presented at conferences, one is being written up for publication. Some projects evolved from evidence-based to research questions and from smaller to larger studies in different hospital settings. Many original program participants have continued with the program or have developed independent research studies. The success of this collaborative program lies not only in renewed Magnet designation, but also by nurse engagement in practice change and nursing research.

Keywords : ANCC Magnet, education, evidence-based practice, nursing research, nursing publications, nurse engagement, nursing care, interprofessional collaboration, nursing leadership, hospital libraries

Barbara (Basia) Delawska-Elliott, AHIP

Medical Librarian
Providence St. Joseph Health
Portland, Oregon


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Helene Anderson

Director or Nursing and Patient Care Services
Providence St Vincent Medical Center
Portland, Oregon

Helene Anderson , RN, DNP, NEA- BC
Providence St Vincent Medical Center - Providence St Joseph Health
Helene Anderson is an experienced and DNP prepared Nursing Director with a demonstrated hisotry of working in the acute care setting and is skilledi n health care operaitons.


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Marla London

Manager, Clinical Performance Support
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, Oregon

Marla London, MA, is currently Manager Clinical Performance Support at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. In this role Ms London collaborates on an interprofessional team to coordinate, teach, and mentor participants in the hospital's Research and Evidence Based Boot Camp; she also does project management, statistical analysis, and co-authored the hospital's 5th Magnet designation documents. She has managed nurse educators, completed Lean and Six Sigma training, and spent 15 years as a health services researcher.


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