Building an Evidence-Based Practice Environment
In an effort to better incorporate evidence-based research into everyday nursing practice, York Hospital hired its first nurse researcher in late 2005. Linda Pugh, PhD, RNC, FAAN, joined York Hospital as the director of evidence-based practice and nursing research, a part-time position in the Department of Nursing. Pugh is certified as an inpatient obstetric nurse and has vast experience as an educator and researcher. In addition to her role at York Hospital, Pugh serves as associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. In the fall, Pugh will be rejoining the faculty at York College of Pennsylvania, where she held her first teaching job.
Taking a problem-solving approach to clinical decision making, Pugh will work with staff to identify the latest nursing research and understand the impact on nursing practice. She will also help to evaluate the validity of the evidence before implementation into everyday practice. As part of her work, Pugh will guide the research teams through the data collection, analysis and summation process.
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