AAACN Research Toolkit

The AAACN Research Toolkit was developed by the AAACN Repository Task Force.

Philosophy - The AAACN Repository Task Force supports and encourages Strategic Plan Goal 1: To enhance the professional growth and career advancement of our members, and Strategic Plan Objective 1:3: To engage members in building a body of knowledge for ambulatory nursing practice through research and evidence-based practice (EBP). View the AAACN Strategic Plan.

Vision - The AAACN Repository Task Force will advance research in the field of ambulatory care nursing.

Mission - In collaboration with AAACN Special Interests Groups (SIGs), the Repository Committee will continue to promote, educate, and support ambulatory care nursing that is guided by research to enhance quality and safety.

The following areas of interest will help you in your research tasks:

Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is an attentive integration of the best available evidence, joined with clinical expertise.

EBP utilizes innovative nursing approaches, enabling Professional nurses to improve quality of patient care. Evidence-based practice has become the standard for practice across all disciplines of care. It is the implementation of care based on the best available information to support nursing practice.

AAACN works diligently to foster an atmosphere of inquiry where members challenge the status-quo and seek to discover the "evidence" to existing and new nursing practices.

Elements of Evidence based Practice:

  • Clinical expertise
  • Patient values and preferences
  • Best research evidence

Similarities and differences between EBP & research:

  • Research focuses on generates reliable and valid knowledge.
  • Evidence practice focuses on implementing the knowledge discovered by research.

Research and Evidence-Based Internet Resources:

Scholarly Writing

Scholarly writing is a type of writing that has the traditions and expectations that you know about only if you read or write in that style.

This is something that is not used in our daily practice, which can lead to a sense of feeling unfamiliar and intimidating. It is a skill that can be learned.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

More resources will be added to this area shortly. We will provide links to documents rather than the actual document files, so you are always accessing the most up-to-date version of the resource.

Poster Presentation

A poster presentation is a great way to present your research or best clinical practice.

Presenting a poster can be a great opportunity for those who are new to presentations, research or reluctant to speak from a podium. It prepares one to begin public speaking and allows for more a comfortable face to face presentation. In this section you will find some useful tools for poster presentation.

Download the Guidelines for Poster Development

Document developed by:
Cheryl C. Libertin, DNP, CPNP-PC
Nursing Evidence-based Practice Coordinator
Center for Nursing Professional Practice
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, Ohio, 44308

Creating Posters

Other Poster Websites

View the AAACN poster presentations (members only).