Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Feature Article 

Best Practices Initiative: Nurturing Partnerships that Promote Change

Theresa A. Harvath, PhD, RN, CNS; Marna Flaherty-Robb, MSN, RN, CNS; Diana L. White, PhD; Karen Amann Talerico, PhD, RN, CNS; Charla Hayden, MA

Abstract

As the science of nursing continues to evolve, efforts to develop strategies to integrate nursing research into clinical practice are increasing. To address the gap between research findings and the use of these findings to improve practice, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing established the Best Practices Initiative in conjunction with three clinical partners, all in the Pacific Northwest: a large Veterans Affairs medical center, a large health maintenance organization, and a state agency that oversees health care for older adults. This article presents the Best Practices Initiative Partnership Model, some of the lessons learned about partnering with clinical agencies, and an overview of the projects that involved each partner.

Abstract

As the science of nursing continues to evolve, efforts to develop strategies to integrate nursing research into clinical practice are increasing. To address the gap between research findings and the use of these findings to improve practice, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing established the Best Practices Initiative in conjunction with three clinical partners, all in the Pacific Northwest: a large Veterans Affairs medical center, a large health maintenance organization, and a state agency that oversees health care for older adults. This article presents the Best Practices Initiative Partnership Model, some of the lessons learned about partnering with clinical agencies, and an overview of the projects that involved each partner.
Authors
Dr. Harvath is Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing, School of Nursing, Ms. Flaherty-Robb is Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hospital and Clinics, and Dr. White is Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University, and Dr. Talerico is Consultant, Amann Talerico Consulting, and Ms. Hayden is an Independent Organizational Consultant, Portland, Oregon.

The authors acknowledge funding received from the John A. Hartford Foundation under their initiative, Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity.

Address correspondence to Theresa A. Harvath, PhD, RN, CNS, Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, 3455 SW U.S. Veterans Road, SN-6S, Portland, OR 97239-2941; e-mail: harvatht@ohsu.edu.

10.3928/00989134-20071101-06

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