October 13, 2017

Inaugural national summit to improve quality and safety of healthcare through EBP

Leaders, academicians, researchers and expert clinicians will convene in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 18-20, to share the latest research and recommendations for improving healthcare quality, safety and costs through evidence-based practice (EBP) and launch the recently-funded Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP in Nursing and Healthcare.

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a problem-solving approach that integrates the conscientious use of best evidence in combination with a clinician’s expertise and patient preferences to make healthcare decisions. Incorporating the use of EBP in healthcare settings can improve patient outcomes and save on costs. The Ohio State University College of Nursing is an internationally-recognized hub for EBP, which will be advanced thanks to a $6.5 million grant from the Helene Fuld National Health Trust to form the new institute. The Fuld Institute for EBP will expand the college's reach to translate research findings into real world clinical settings at a faster pace and equip nurses as well as other clinicians with the EBP skills needed to transform health and improve lives throughout the world.

The two-day conferencebeing held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, is preceded by a reception at the Ohio Union on Oct. 18. The reception also celebrates the Wednesday afternoon “Expert Forum,” which features leaders from 40 national organizations and federal agencies who will gather to discuss best practices and devise action strategies for accelerating EBP throughout the nation. Their recommendations and tactics will be presented in a special panel discussion on the first day of the conference. Click here for the full conference agenda.

A complementary live stream offered by The Ohio State University College of Nursing is available on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 from 9 - 11 a.m.


Topics and speakers during this live stream event will include:

9 - 9:10 a.m.

Welcome & introductions

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Executive Director, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, College of Medicine
The Ohio State University


9:10 - 10 a.m.

Keynote: The State of EBP throughout the U.S.: Hot-off-the-press findings from the national competency study

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk


10 - 10:15 a.m.

Recovery break


10:15 - 11 a.m.

Plenary session: EBP Expert Forum panel

Moderated by:

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC, FAAN
Director, the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice
Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Senior Director, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP
The Ohio State University


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