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Spring 2014 Educational Program

On April 29, 2014, St. David’s School of Nursing, Honor Society held their first educational program as a new Society. There were 52 Members and nonmembers (faculty, undergraduate and graduate students) who attended and had the privilege of listening to Dr. Linda H. Yoder PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN Associate Professor, UT Austin School of Nursing present on her expertise: evidence based practice (EBP). The title of her presentation: “Help, I need somebody, Help, not just anybody, Help, you know I need someone, Help! The Beatles Guide to Staff Nurses’ Approach to Knowledge Use” was a creative way to share the challenges found with implementation of evidence based practice in the clinical setting. Dr. Yoder spoke to both the barriers and facilitators for implementation of EBP. She shared a study she conducted with practicing nurses asking about their utilization of research/EBP at the bedside. In general, many positive attitudes and comments about the notion of EBP were found but the practicing nurses’ behaviors did not necessarily support their reported attitudes, which she felt can lead to the inability to implement EBP. Specific results of the study was shared during the presentation. (See Presentation slides with study results). Dr. Yoder’s conclusion was telling: “We cannot expect staff nurses to implement EBP without education, help, and support and both APRNs and administrators must be prepared to assist staff nurses with EBP”.

Dr. Yoder received many positive comments from the participants such as:

  • “Practical implementation processes for EBP changes in the hospital setting”
  • “Great presentation!”
  • “Well done and applicable for members at all levels . Interesting concepts.”
  • “Love her passion.”
  • “Enjoyable presentation-great info. Great presentation”.
  • “Thank you for sharing the results of the research project”
  • “Thank you for sharing your expertise.”

From the undergraduate students specifically:

  • “Amazing lecture, very informative and I learned a lot!”
  • “I learned a lot from this presentation. Dr. Yoder’s teaching style was excellent”
  • “Presenter had pertinent information to share with this audience. What MS. Yoder had to say was thought provoking for me and my colleagues.”