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“Exploring Evidence-Based Care Transitions Across the LifeSpan” Theme for  UCLA Health Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference

That nurse at your bedside just might be the answer to better health outcomes

UCLA Health will host its 17th annual Research and Evidence-Based Practice conference on September 28 at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center. Geared toward clinicians, researchers and educators, this day-long conference will showcase ways to improve patient outcomes through science-based best practices. The theme for this year’s conference is “Exploring Evidence-Based Care Transitions Across the Lifespan.” 

“From their bedside viewpoint, clinical nurses are well-positioned to bring ideas forward to improve care,” said Pamela Miller, Ph.D., RN, senior nurse scientist for the research and evidence-based practice program at UCLA Health.  “Nursing research is important because it leads to better patient outcomes, and safer, more efficient care.” 

The conference – which is expected to draw more than 250 nurses and health care professionals from around the world - will include addresses from two nationally recognized nurse researchers:

  • Ann Cashion, Ph.D., RN, Acting Director, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. She will discuss her research work which is focused on clinical outcomes following solid organ transplantation, including early biomarkers of acute rejection in recipients of pancreas transplantations and genomic and environmental predictors of weight gain in recipients of kidney transplantations.
  • Mary Naylor, Ph.D., RN Director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing will discuss “The Art and Science of Transitional Care.” Naylor is a pioneer in the design, evaluation, and implementation of health care innovations that have significantly improved the outcomes of chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers, while reducing health care costs. She is the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, aimed at generating, disseminating, and translating research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care.

The conference will include breakout sessions in the areas of advanced leadership, evidence-based practice, professional development and collaboration, quality improvement and research. The conference is developed and coordinated by the Research and Innovation Council, led by Jane Hikichi, RN and Nestor-Neil Peig, RN. UCLA School of Nursing is a major sponsor of this year’s conference.   

Registration closes September 21. Visit uclahealth.org/nursing/ebpconference