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Posted October 4, 2013
Announcing the First All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Nursing Research Fellowship Program

ACH JHM Nursing Research FellowshipThe All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Nursing Research Fellowship Program is an exciting new one year comprehensive mentorship program designed to build the knowledge, skill, and competency of frontline staff in utilizing and conducting research to promote evidence-based practice (EBP). The program will include both a didactic component and a hands-on mentorship research skills competency component. The program is being offered by the Department of Clinical Education and Research with additional expert faculty support from the Clinical and Translational Research Organization (CTRO). 

The program was designed to provide a selected group of nurses the opportunity to translate their idea into a research or EBP PICOT question. The participants will be mentored and supported by a team of researchers through each of the necessary steps in conducting a formal EBP project or research study from the initial development of their question to dissemination of their results (in a poster presentation at a professional nursing conference and/or manuscript submitted to peer reviewed nursing journal).

As part of this program, the Nursing Research Fellows will regularly attend and participate in the Nursing Practice Council and the Nursing Research and EBP Council to share their progress with their colleagues. 

The selection committee is pleased to announce that the first cohort for the Nursing Research Fellowship Program will include: Lindsay Jones, BSN, RN II from the Oncology, Hematology Unit and Kentlee Battick, MSN, CNL from the PICU and 7 North Surgical Neurosciences Unit. The candidates were selected after completing a formal application and interview. These candidates were highly recommended by their unit Directors and Educators because they have demonstrated clinical expertise, leadership and a passion for nursing research and evidence-based practice.  As part of the application process the candidates were asked to submit a research/ evidence-based practice project idea paper describing what they would like study if they had the mentorship support and resources to do so. The candidates were then given the opportunity to further explain their research/ evidence-based practice project idea during their scheduled interview. 

Lindsay's area of interest is in promoting communication and collaboration between nurses and physicians.  Lindsay plans to conduct a research study to explore the perceived barriers and facilitators to communication and collaboration between nurses and medical staff to identify potential targeted interventions for future studies to promote healthy work environments.  She is passionate about this issue and after reading the literature which suggests positive communication and collaboration between nurses and physicians is associated with improved job satisfaction among nursing staff, improved patient outcomes, and a reduction in medical errors. 

Kentlee plans on conducting an evidence-based practice project focused on implementing a school based head injury management program. The proposed education program would include basic concussion education and its effect on student's ability to concentrate, memory loss and how to determine the rate at which the student should be integrated back to school. Kentlee is passionate about this issue because she provides clinical care for pediatric patients who have sustained head injuries on a regular basis and feels that we need to do more for these patients once they are discharged from the hospital.  Kentlee has been reviewing the literature which suggests that pediatric head injuries, both concussions and traumatic brain injuries, have been shown to potentially affect a child or adolescents' performance and participation in school, social activities, and life in general. 

These patients are at risk for falling behind academically and socially if the teacher and or school administrators are unaware that the student has sustained a brain injury and are not closely monitoring the child.  The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that schools should receive information from hospitals for all children who receive a CT scan following traumatic brain injury.  The literature also recommends the establishment of a program to promote continuity of follow-up between the hospital and the school system.  Although ACH JHM has made gains in partnering with schools in sport related concussions, Kentlee hopes to implement and evaluate a program to reach a larger population of pediatric patients who have been hospitalized with a concussion or brain injury to promote improved quality patient care. 

The first annual Nurse Research Fellowship Program will begin on Monday, October 7.  Please join us in welcoming Lindsay and Kentlee to the program.  We wish them continued success as they complete their studies over the next year to validate new approaches to patient care/ healthy work environments in order to advance nursing practice at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and the profession of nursing.