HFH Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

nursing researchThe Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) Department of Nursing prioritizes patient care that is evidence-based and culturally attuned to patients’ values. Nurses are encouraged to approach patient care with a spirit of inquiry and an ongoing curiosity to explore the best evidence available to guide their clinical decision-making and patient care practices.

HFH also encourages nurses to participate in research as a means of professional development with the goal of becoming empowered nurse leaders. Nurses can become voting members in the Evidence-based Practice and Nursing Research Council, or they can attend the council’s monthly meetings as non-members and earn research-related continuing education units. The council sponsors various research-related events, including an annual research conference, research-related lunch and learn events.

There is ongoing research support for nurses interested in initiating a study or an evidence-based practice project. Additionally, there are website toolkits and library resources to facilitate literature searches and assist with manuscript writing. Clinical nurse specialists, a nurse researcher and biostatisticians are available to assist with study planning, design and implementation, as well as data analyses and dissemination.

These resources and support systems are available at HFH to assist nurses with the research process and to help nurses pursue their research interests, develop professionally, and move the science of nursing forward. Evidence-based care is a priority and HFH works hard to support nurses as they work towards meeting their professional research goals.