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 (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:
- Medline Plus bring together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations
- Joanna Briggs Institute (Australian resource)
- Registered Nursing Association of Ontario Best Practice Guidelines
- National Institute of Nursing Research
- National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence for the UK
- National Library of Medicine
Sigma Theta Tau International - Virginia Henderson International Library
- Nursing Knowledge International maintained by STTI
- PubMed searchable database (includes Medline)
- Illinois Universities (cooperative site among several) to disseminate the evidence base in public health nursing - good list of databases and websites with practice guidelines
- Trip Database A clinical search tool designed to identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice
- Institute for Health Care Improvement An independent, not-for-profit org with the purpose of leading improvement in health care worldwide
- PICO stands for: Problem, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome. Download the Template for Asking PICOT Questions. This document was adapted from the PICOT Questions Template; Ellen Fineout-Overholt, 2006. This form may be used for educational & research purposes without permission.
- AJN's Evidence-Based Practice Series - The American Journal of Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Series: Step by Step, provides an excellent resource for nursing unit or nurse role teams to learn more about evidence-based practice as a problem-solving approach to the delivery of health care that integrates the best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician expertise and patient preferences and values. When delivered in a context of caring and in a supportive organizational culture, the highest quality of care and best patient outcomes can be achieved. The purpose of this series is to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement evidence-based practice consistently, one step at a time.
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.
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.
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
Other Poster Websites
- Purdue University Writing Lab Indiana Department of Transportation Workshop Series - Posters
View the AAACN poster presentations (members only).