Nursing faculty at Western Regional School of Nursing (WRSON) participated in health care symposium Tuesday that focused on research, practice and teaching and learning.
Organized by WRSON and Western Health, "Sharing Best Practices in Health Care: Research, Practice and Education" saw about 40 health care professionals and nurse educators engage in presentations and discourse. A video connection allowed participants to tune in from across the province to learn through oral presentations as well as a keynote address.
"Today was a wonderful showcase of the collaborative research projects occurring in western Newfoundland," said Peggy Colbourne, director, WRSON. "Health professionals from Western Health and faculty from WRSON are completing innovative and advanced research that is focused on best practices in health and education. The research presented today will have a huge impact on the future of health care in the region."
The keynote, delivered by Dale Humphries of NL SUPPORT (Newfoundland and Labrador's SUpport for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit), focused on the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) initiative at Memorial University.
NL SUPPORT offers knowledge brokering, expertise and funding to create a culture of Patient-Oriented Research in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The goal of the SPOR initiative is to collaborate with patients and engage with them in all aspects of the research process. Patient identified priorities are the focus of patient-oriented research and Mr. Humphries highlighted some of the successful research projects throughout the province that have been funded through NL SUPPORT. The unit offers guidance, training and resources for patients and researchers working in all fields and disciplines.
Following the keynote, participants shared and asked questions about current research, programs and upcoming opportunities which promote best practices in healthcare.
Topics included topics such as concept care mapping, clinical simulations, healthy aging through the arts and assessing student critical thinking development.
"This symposium was an excellent window into the research being conducted by WRSON's nurse educators," said Dr. Kelly Vodden, associate vice-president, Research and Graduate Studies. "Our colleagues at the nursing school continue to build a research agenda that is fueled by both faculty and students. Investigating the clinical and community health aspects of the nursing discipline is critical to understanding how to better serve our region's populations."
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