185963 Evaluating the Outcome & Impact of Two Evidence Based Public Health Nursing Education Projects

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Roberta L. Lyons, MPH , College of Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago, Peoria, IL
Sandy DeGroote, MLIS, AHIP , Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago, Peoria, IL
Kathleen A. Baldwin, PhD RN , College of Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago, Peoria, IL
Jo Dorsch, MALS, AHIP , Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago, Peoria, IL
Despite the current interest around the process of evidence-based practice and research that shows better outcomes associated with this practice, only a small percentage of public health practitioners are consistently incorporating this process into their practice. This paper reports the impact of a collaborative effort of public health nursing faculty and health science librarians to further improve access to and evaluation of the evidenced base for public health nursing. This project employed statewide workshops and online tutorials to educate public health nurses in literature retrieval and evaluation. Analysis and discussion of both quantitative and qualitative evaluation data from two successful grant projects funded by the National Library of Medicine are presented. Evaluation revealed significant differences in outcomes and impact between the two projects; these differences may be a reflection of characteristics of attendees and the methodology of the offerings. To increase the likelihood of public health practitioners' use of evidence-based skills and to assure long-term retention, future workshops will 1) continue to incorporate hands-on computer training and 2) provide further education for developing research questions appropriate to practice and policy development.

Learning Objectives:
Report the impact of a collaborative effort between public health nurses and health science librarians. Summarize the methodology used to educate public health practitioners on how to access and evaluate evidence-base for public health nursing. Describe the differences revealed between outcome and impact of two evidence-based public health nursing projects.

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Evidence Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: In a collaborative with health science librarians, I was the advocate for public health nursing. I was the EBPHN Co-Director for two NLM grants designed to provide public health nurses with greater accessibility and proficiency to locate and retrieve the evidence base for public health nursing through educational opportunities, such as: workshops, an online digital repository, and an online tutorial. My responsibilities have involved planning, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of the two grants.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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