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Apr. 17, 2017 - USA Health to Host Inaugural Evidence-Based Practice Symposium
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MOBILE, Ala. – USA Health System and the University of South Alabama are proud to announce plans for an inaugural Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Symposium to be held in Mobile on Friday, Sept. 22, for the local medical and academic community. Nurses and nursing students who wish to present are invited to submit abstracts by May 5.

The educational symposium will be an opportunity for local nursing professionals and students to share best practice initiatives and research projects that relate to putting EBP into action in an effort to improve patient outcomes, according to Liz Doll, STICU Clinical Educator with the health system.

The event will be held on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atlantis Room at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. The EBP Symposium will include a keynote speaker, podium presentations, poster sessions, and a panel discussion.

"We're excited to host this symposium because of the impact that quality research can have on patient care in our hospital and the hospitals in our surrounding area,” Doll said. “Evidence-based practice is important because it thrives on using standardized processes to validate quality improvement initiates that have a profound effect on patient outcomes."

The EBP committee at USA Medical Center collaborated with the USA College of Nursing to create this event out of an “effort to showcase the high-quality nursing research being conducted within the USA Health System and to stimulate a continued curiosity for quality improvement,” according to Doll.

The long-term vision is for the symposium to be a regional EBP symposium to highlight research excellence that leads to improved health and outcomes, according to health system Chief Nursing Officer, Lisa Mestas, who added that the event will be the first of its kind in Mobile. The symposium is also another step in having USA Health System recognized as a leader in nursing-led research.

For more information or to submit abstracts contact EBPsymposium@southalabama.edu. Abstracts are due by May 5.

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