Evidence-based practice at Salem Health

Salem Health continually advances standards for clinical practice in accordance with the best available evidence. Using a broad and complimentary range of quality approaches, such as evidence-based practice (EBP), research and Lean continuous improvement as support. This supports the Salem Health team toward developing competency in these areas and solving practice problems.

Established in 2010, the EBP Council supports our clinical staff to achieve exceptional outcomes in the six components identified in the Institute of Medicine’s report ‘Crossing the Quality Chasm’ (2001):  safe, timely, efficient, patient-centered, equitable and effective.

The EBP council is poised to collaborate, as necessary, and support education on EBP and research for the organization, including:

  • Differentiation between research, EBP and Lean methodology.
  • Developing Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome-(Time) (PICO(T)) questions and matching questions to research designs.
  • Selecting research instruments or identifying data collection methods.
  • Finding connections to assist with grant writing.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) purpose, process and connection to content expert.

Salem Health sponsors an annual clinical inquiry challenge, a competition between departments, with the goal of encouraging staff to ask clinical questions to continuously update their practice based on best evidence. It is also an opportunity to reinforce how PICO(T) questions are structured. Salem Health continues to find new ways to make literature review and research easier and quicker for clinicians to undertake.

As an organization, Salem Health supports the acquisition of new knowledge at every level.

Some of the venues where we acquire that knowledge include:

2018 presentations

Clinicians share the results of Lean, quality improvement, EBP and research projects in oral and poster presentations and through publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Sharing presentations of improvement projects provides an avenue to share information and builds the connections to support success in either further developing the project or adopting or adapting results to a different area of operation.

Click on a project title below to see presentation materials:

EBP poster

Increasing Patient Confidence with Non-ECG Monitoring in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Development of the Patient Program Plan Algorithm

Poster authors and team members: Gloria Summers, MBA, Exercise Specialist; Chris Gallagher, BSN, RN, CCRP


EBP poster

Preventing Hospital-Onset C.difficile

Poster authors and team members: Jordan Reed, BSN, RN; Sheila Loomas, BSN, RN, NE-BC; Ann Alway, MSN, RN, APRN, CNS; Angela Smith, BA; Sarah Gloeckner, Jefferson Loa, MD;

Martin Johnson II, MD; Robert Ponec, MD; Jasmin Chaudhary, MD; Sarah Dawson, MS, MLS, SH, CIC;
Julie Koch, MSN, RN, CIC; Dylan Nash, Jonathan Fetterley, Paul M. LeDoux, BA; Danielle Britt, MA, Pharm D: Heidi-Ramp Rogers, BA; Matthew Tanner, Pharm D, BCPS; Andrea Moye, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Janelle Williams, BSN, RN; Michelle Watson, BSN, CMSRN, RN-BC; Mai Dotran, BSN, RN

Impact of Patient Navigation for Radial Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Patients

Poster authors and team members: Gloria Summers, MBA, Exercise Specialist; Renee Martizia-Rash, BSN, RN

Promoting Clinical Excellence through Objective Staff Engagement Tool

Poster authors and team members: Jessica Reese, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Nancy Dunn, MS, RN

Minimizing Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) usage to enhance patient safety

Poster authors and team members: Sierra Schneider, BSN, RN, CCRN, Sepsis Coordinator;
Matt Tanner, PharmD, DCPS; Josh Hanson BSN, RN; Marcus Whitney, JD/MBA, Quality Coordinator; Marty Johnson, MD, Salem Pulmonary Associates

EBP poster

Red Light, Green Light, and Potholes, Oh My! Repaving Our Orientation Process

Poster authors and team members: Kelly Honyak, MSN, RN-BC; Sarah Wolfe, MSN, RN-BC

EBP poster

The Effect of Introducing a Nursing Workload Based Staffing Model on Registered Nurse Burnout on a Medical Telemetry Unit

Poster authors and team members: Shirree French, BSN, RN, OCN; Trish Handrich, BSN, RN, OCN; Wendy Felix, BSN, RN; Jason Alford, BSN, RN, OCN, RN-BC; Jason Weber, BSN, RN; Sara Nash, BSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC

Gastric Residual Volume Checks: Does the Evidence Support this Historic Practice?

Poster authors and team members: Jack Luke, BSN, RN; Lorri Thornton, RD; Ann Alway, MSN, RN, APRN, CNS; Sierra Schneider, BSN, RN, CCRN

A Glimpse in your Galoshes

Poster authors and team members: Amie Wittenberg, MSN, RN; Kelsey Mix, BSN, RN,
OCN; Lea Ann Morrow, BSN, RN, OCN; Sara Nash, BSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC; Shirree French, BSN, RN, OCN; Jenna Campos-Santos, BSN, RN, OCN; Alison Eshleman, BSN, RN, OCN; Deanna Stein, MSN, RN; Carrie McLaughlin, MOL, BS, RT(R)(T); Andi Petrone, MHA

Proposal for Resource Nurse on Inpatient Oncology Unit

Poster authors and team members: Shirree French, BSN, RN, OCN; Trish Handrich, BSN, RN, OCN; Wendy Felix, BSN, RN; Jason Alford, BSN, RN, OCN, RN-BC; Jason Weber, BSN, RN; Sara Nash, BSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC

EBP poster

Emergency Department Pod 4 Expansion and Process Improves Patient Experience

Poster authors and team members: Sarah Horn MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, RNC-NIC; Nancy Bee, BSN, RN, CEN; Joshua Walterscheid, MD; Kaitrin Bassett MBA, CHSP

EBP poster

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) – Honoring Patient Wishes

Poster authors and team members: Nancy Dunn, MS, RN; Ann Alway, MSN, RN, APRN, CNS; Jessica Reese, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Amie Wittenberg, MSN, RN; Harriett Martin, ADN, RN; Rebeca Cowin, RN; James Crawford, BI Data Analyst II; Noel Caddy, IS Analyst II; Amy Ursprung, BSN, RN, NE-BC.

EBP poster

Hospitalist Paging 4SPS in Collaboration with Nursing and Interprofessional Partners

Poster authors and team members: Nancy Dunn, MS, RN; Jefferson Loa, MD; Nikki Batra, MD; David Tate, MD; Alex Morrison, BSN, RN; Ellie Barnhart, MSN, RN, PCCN; Kathleen Harder, MD; Jessica Reese, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Kim Mullins, BSN, RN; Laura DiDomenico; Jennifer Kameshima, BSN, RN, PCCN; Rebecca Cowin, RN 

Evaluating a Functional Pain Assessment Scale

Poster authors and team members: Elena Pettycrew, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Margo Halm, PhD, RN; Melissa Shortt, MSN, RN; Christie Bailey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC; Nancy Boutin, MD; Lisa Theobald, BSN, RN, PCCN; Jeanne St. Pierre, MN, RN, GCNS-BC