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Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Council

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Council - For Nurses, Leadership, Nursing Councils


Contact Information

Karen Schasser, RN, Registered Nurse Transfusion/Infusion

Chair Elect
Caroline Grinde, RN, Registered Nurse B4/5

Admin Liaison
Élise Arsenault Knudsen

Admin Support
Paul Crawford
(608) 890-9310

2017 Nursing Research and EBP Council Report Out


The purpose of the Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice Council is to provide a framework and resources to support UW Health nurses through the evidence based practice and research processes.


Develop, implement, evaluate and optimize:

  1. UW Health evidence-based practice (EBP) processes
  2. Policies and procedures regarding the conduct of nursing research
  3. Resources for nurses engaged in EBP projects and research studies
  4. The dissemination of EBP and research findings done at UW Health
  5. UW Health nurse survey processes


Monthly (2nd Wednesday, 1130-1500)


Regular participation, no unexcused absences and no more than 2 excused absences.

Research EBP FY18 members


What is the difference between EBP, Quality Improvement and Research?

EBP, QI and Research are each individual and unique processes with overlapping relationships. The goal of EBP and QI are to improve patient outcomes and the goal of research is to generate new generalizable knowledge. Each process has a distinct process to achieve these goals; EBP follows the Iowa Model, QI utilizes the PDCA format and Research follows the research process.

What is a Level of Evidence? What are Strengths of Recommendation?

Levels of Evidence are a way to rank evidence, using a hierarchy, to indicate how much bias has been introduced into the study. The level of evidence does not indicate “good” or “bad” research, but rather provides guidance to how to apply the research findings. 

The  takes into account the entire body of evidence, not just individual studies, and indicates the type of evidence supporting a practice recommendation. The intention of the strength of recommendation is to assist clinicians in decision making. 

What are our Magnet® requirements related to EBP and Research?

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes organizations that provide excellence in patient care and a professional environment for nursing practice. As part of that excellence UWHC will continue to show how we embody new knowledge, innovations and improvements. 

Learn more about the Magnet Recognition Program

What do I need to know when caring for a patient participating in a clinical trial?

As an academic medical center that has over 5,000 UW Health patients participating in clinical trials at any given time, and approximately 500 active clinical trials each month, it is very likely you will encounter a patient participating in a clinical trial. Examples of times when you are likely to care for a patient participating in a clinical trial are:

How do I identify a patient participating in a clinical trial?

Patients participating in a clinical trial at UW that has the potential to impact their clinical care, such as studies that involve an investigational medication or device should have both a Research Patient FYI flag and a Research Diagnosis on their Problem List. Click here to learn more.

What should I be thinking about when administering a study medication?

Click here to learn more.

What does caring for a patient on a clinical trial mean to my practice?

Click here to learn more.

Can you recommend further reading about caring for a patient participating in a clinical trial?

Two recommendations are articles published in American Nurse Today: