Thursday, December 25, 2014

It’s about following the evidence at nursing conference


Dr. Cheryl Tatano Beck, a researcher, author and distinguished professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Evidence Based Practice nursing conference.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – If you knew there were proven methods in nursing care that produced better results for patients, wouldn’t you want to learn more about them? Join nurses throughout the CSRA for the Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Georgia Regents University.

Evidence-based practice means applying the latest available evidence when making patient care decisions. This systematic approach incorporates a critical appraisal of the most relevant evidence available with one’s own clinical expertise and the patient’s preferences and values. The use of EBP has been shown to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

“Nurses play a vital role in improving the safety and quality of patient care – not only in hospitals and doctors’ offices, but also in homes and community-based care settings,” said Siera Gollan of the GRU College of Nursing and President of the Beta Omicron Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. “This training will provide proven techniques and interventions that nurses can use to enhance patient outcomes. In addition, nurses will receive continuing education units for attending.”

The conference is a partnership between Georgia Regents Medical Center, the GRU College of Nursing, the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Nursing, and the local Beta Omicron and Pi Lambda nursing honor society chapters.

Dr. Cheryl Tatano Beck, a researcher, author and distinguished professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, will be the keynote speaker. Beck has published more than 135 journal articles and is a co-author on the textbook Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence of Nursing Practice.

Other speakers include Dr. Susan Shapiro and Dr. RuthAnne Kuiper. Shapiro is Assistant Dean for Clinical Strategic Initiatives in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Corporate Director for Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice at Emory Healthcare. She has been published extensively on a wide variety of topics including emergency medicine, health systems, and nursing sensitive quality indicators.

Kuiper is Department Chair and Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s College of Nursing. Her research and publications focus on nursing education, metacognition/self-regulated learning and instructional technology. Her area of expertise includes debriefing using the Outcome Present State-Test Model of clinical reasoning.

This fourth annual nursing conference will be held at GRU’s Summerville Campus in the Jaguar Student Activities Center, 2500 Walton Way.  Registration is $20 to $75, depending on licensure, and includes CEUs, breakfast, lunch, snacks and networking time with multiple vendors. Vendor fee is $200.

The deadline to register is Oct. 1. To register online, go to

For more information, please contact Siera Gollan at

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