QUESTION: Dissemination of EBP and research, such as presenting results at a conference or writing an article for a journal, is an important part of professional practice. Identify one professional journal and one nursing or health care conference where you might present your project. Discuss why each of your choices is the best option for you to disseminate your new knowledge.
RESPONSE 1: My project focused on correctional nursing and inmate health because that is the field I work in. Correctional nurses are often the first health care professional to see an inmate about a medical condition. Correctional nurses must often work closely with corrections officers in situations such as emergencies in the housing units or monitoring inmates for medical attention. These nurses are challenged to provide maximum health care in a setting with a mission and design for security and public safety. Often resources can be limited and creativity is needed. Like I mentioned in my project every new piece of equipment or idea for something new must be approved by corrections. Submission of my research regarding inmate non-compliance with chronic health conditions would benefit the correctional health field. I would most likely attempt to present my project to The Journal of Correctional Health Care. This journal focused on correctional nursing. It features original research, case studies, best practices, literature reviews and more to keep correctional health care professionals informed of important trends and developments. Topics addressed include clinical care, health services and support, personnel and staffing, ethical issues, medical records, quality improvement, risk management and medical-legal issues (Journal of Correctional Health Care, n.d.). I could also present my project at the National Conference on Correctional Health. The conference addresses major health care issues that commonly affect incarcerated individuals, including diabetes, hepatitis, HIV, hypertension, mental illness, oral health and substance abuse. It also addresses new practices for the treatment of major health care issues in order to better manage common medical, nursing, dental and mental health problems found in correctional settings. It is difficult for people to understand issues that we face in correctional nursing unless you have worked in this field before. The population is very diverse and these people often undereducated and are from low-income communities. Finding ways to take care of these individuals in order for them to be successful members of society is always the goal.
Journal of Correctional Health Care. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncchc.org/journal-of-correctional-heal…
Last week we wrote about public speaking and sharing our information with others. As you may recall, my subject is on adopting an opiate abuse risk assessment tool into practice for nurses. I cannot think of a better place to share the information that at Pain Week. Pain Week is a national conference, now in its 12thyear. This year it will be held in Las Vegas in September but has been held at other places as well. Pain Weekendwas held in Scottsdale, Arizona this past March. Continuing education credits are available, and Pain Week also has podcast and a journal available through the website. The website states that those who should attend Pain Week, “includes primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, and those in other medical specialties.” (PAINWeek, 2017). It seems to me that it would also be quite beneficial to nurses as well.
If I were to submit my project based on evidence-based practice, I would want to be published in the American Nurses Association’s OJIN, or the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. The OJIN states on the website, “Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts, related to any previously posted OJIN topic, that present research, thinking, and/or experiences furthering the discussion of the topic.” (The American Nurses Association, 2017). The website is beneficial in that it provided specifics on how manuscripts are to be submitted and exactly what is needed within each manuscript. The reason I would like to submit to the OJIN is that it is seen by thousands of nurses and is known for its reliability and professionalism. In my opinion the ANA is the benchmark for all other nursing organizations, and much of what we have accomplished as nurses is in part due to the support of the ANA.