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Nursing research improves patient care

Every 15 minutes an Emergency nurse is interrupted. How does this impact care? Nurses June Tavenor-Brake and Karen Olivero’s findings are leading to safer medication practices.

Toronto, May 11, 2009

The Standard cover St. Michael’s Hospital nurses featured on the cover of province-wide College of Nurses of Ontario magazine.

Every 15 minutes an Emergency nurse is interrupted. How does this impact care? Nurses June Tavenor-Brake and Karen Olivero’s findings are leading to safer medication practices.

Meanwhile, nurses Mary Lanceta and Analyn Patag within the Trauma and Neurosurgery Program have shown that nurses can detect subtle symptoms in patients recovering from a brain hemorrhage, leading to early detection and prevention of additional complications.

These are just two examples of 10 teams who completed St. Michael’s Nursing Research Advancing Practice Program (RAP), which equips nurses on how to turn their research into better care at the bedside.

“We’re generating knowledge, translating evidence and using that to look at clinical care practice issues. What are we doing well and what could we be doing differently?” says Lianne Jeffs, RN and director of Nursing Research. “This willingness to critically evaluate their practice is improving health care.”

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