203932 Pathway to the STARS

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:50 AM

Susan Strohschein, MS, PHCNS-BC , School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Linda Olson Keller, DNP, RN, FAAN , School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Emily Litt, RN, DNP, PHN , College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
A Culture of Excellence: Evidence-based Public Health Nursing Practice, also known as STARS, is a HRSA/Division of Nursing grant-funded project awarded to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. The project itself employs an evidence-based model to change the culture of health departments relating to the use of evidence based practice. STARS is an acronym for search, translate, adopt, refine, share, exemplifying the project's intent to promote public health nurses' (PHNs) adoption of evidence-based practice. The project's components include: 1) the development of a web accessible and searchable repository of current best evidence in support of practice; 2) training and support of evidence “champions” recruited from Minnesota's local health departments; 3) topical blogs on the website where PHNs can dialogue about practice improvement and tips; 4) online wikis where experts will develop and test evidence based practice guidelines on selected topics. The grant culminates in 2011 with webcasts featuring lessons learned and recommendations for increasing the speed of translating research findings into practice realities. Although the training and support of local health department evidence “champions” is limited to Minnesota public health professionals, STARS' web-based components are expected to be utilized by any public health professional with access to the Internet; national and international participants are welcomed. This presentation focuses on the process used to build the repository, how to access and use the repository, and soliciting “practice-based evidence”- evidence from reports, program evaluations, and other forums supporting public health nursing practice.

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe A Culture of Excellence: Evidence-based Public Health Nursing Practice, a project to promote adoption of evidence based practice by public health nurses. 2.Discuss the process for building and displaying a repository for public health nursing practice evidence. 3.Explain accessing, manipulating, using and improving the repository.

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Evidence Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 25 years experience as a consultant in public health nursing for the MN Dept of Health. During that time I gave frequent presentations, have co-authored several articles, and served as lead worker for several projects. I recently accepted a project director position at the Univ of MN School of Nursing.
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.