Bedside nurses involved in research and evidence-based practice (EBP) have the ability to change policies, patient care, and outcomes. This article describes the journey of a research committee using the Magnet® component of new knowledge, innovation, and improvements. Using several tools, the unit-based committee developed skills in meeting management, nursing research methods, and EBP. Focusing to improve family and nurse communication about the plan of care, the committee recommended changes in the existing Plan of Care tool, including family input and recommendations for families to view and add to the sheet and participate in daily rounds, which was not the standard practice. Since this intervention was implemented, patient satisfaction has increased, as well as nurse engagement and intent to stay. This project exemplifies how nurse-driven innovations and family partnership led to new knowledge, innovations in learning about research, applying it to practice, and improving practice.
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Published online: September 07, 2011
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