Providence Health Care
British Columbia, Canada
This award recognizes the leadership taken by our Professional Practice Office in promoting research engagement and evidence-based practice for all nurses in the organization. The award highlights the importance of programs like the Practice-Based Research Challenge and roles like Clinical Nurse Specialists in supporting EBP for point-of-care nurses.
Providence Health Care is a Catholic health care organization. Their vision is: “Driven by compassion and social justice, we are at the forefront of exceptional care and innovation.” Their populations of emphasis include heart & lung, renal, mental health & addictions, specialized needs in aging, HIV/AIDS, and urban health. Their largest hospital, St Paul’s, located in the inner city and many of our patients are marginalized, including those who are homeless. To support their nurses to provide exceptional and innovative care, Providence Health Care initiated the Practice-Based Research Challenge program in 2011. The Research Challenge supports point-of-care nurses and other clinicians to lead practice-relevant research projects in their clinical setting. Now in its 7th year, the program has involved 500 clinicians, funded 70 teams, and led to 100 conference presentations, 9 manuscripts published, numerous practice changes, national funding, and multiple healthcare awards.