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Use this flowchart of steps to:

  • Help determine the type of project (Quality Improvement, EBP or Research).
  • Develop your Burning Question.
  • Follow sequential steps with information aimed at saving you time and frustration.
  • Connect to the resources you need for success.

Everyone

  • Review ALL steps in their entirety prior to beginning a project to familiarize yourself with all steps and the whole process.
  • Review the FAQ page. It might save you time & frustration!

ALL Students

  • Pay particular attention to Step 5

ALL Cross-Campus Projects

  • It is a Nursing Research Magnet requirement that ALL data collected during the course of the project needs to be able to be separated by Cone Health campus.

NOTE @ LINKS

  • Some links will require Cone Health log in to access.

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What to KNOW

  • Before you get too far along, make sure you are clear on the TYPE of project for which you are about to get involved.
    • Projects can be either Quality Improvement, Evidence-Based Practice or a Research Study.
  • You will want to conduct an initial survey of the literature. It will:
    • Let you see what has or has not already been done.
    • Give context to your work.
    • Help you develop your Burning Question (or see if it has already been answered).
  • The Medical Library provides a Doing Research Guide which can help when searching the literature. LINK D
  • A more thorough search of the literature and synthesis of what you find will come later (Step 6), after your Burning Question has been developed and you are assembling your information for approval and project work.

What to DO

  1. Use LINK A below to determine your type of project.
  2. Do a preliminary review of the literature on your topic.
    • Use LINK B below to contact the Medical Library for assistance in searching the literature.
  3. Develop your Burning Question.
    • Use LINK C below to help develop your question.

Helpful RESOURCES

A. Information on differentiating the three types of projects.

B. Email the Medical Library. [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...medical.library@conehealth.com]

C. Information on how to develop a Burning Question.

D. Download the Doing Research Guide.

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What to KNOW

  • Your great ideas will need the support of others.
  • Leadership support is crucial. It is important to get your leadership’s backing on your project.
  • After your leader green-lights your idea, then proceed but make sure to keep them appraised as your work progresses.

What to DO

  1. Discuss with your Nurse Leader:
    • Are resources required outside of the department?
      • If so, you will need to discuss with a Nurse Executive/Leader of the impacted areas.
    • Is the project a current priority for the organization?
      • It should fit with Cone Health's True North metrics.

Helpful RESOURCES

A. Cone Health True North metrics.

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What to KNOW

  • You MUST get a Project Navigator to work with you. This needs to be someone who will agree to help you on the project.
  • The Project Navigator will:
    • Guide you through the process.
    • Connect you with resources.
    • Help you to have a successful project.
  • As you pull together your project team members, keep in mind that either the:
    • Principal Investigator (PI)
    • Associate or Co-Principal Investigator (AI/Co-PI) OR
    • Site Principal Investigator (Site PI)

MUST include a Cone Health employed CLINICAL nurse as defined as spending more than 51% of their time providing direct patient care.

What to DO

  1. Get a Project Navigator. Consider asking:
    • A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
    • A Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE).
    • A member of the Nursing Research Council.
    • An individual that has completed a project in the last three (3) years.
  2. You MUST ALSO email the Nursing Research Council Chair.
    [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...jessica.buckner@conehealth.com]
  3. Note: Looking ahead, you will be giving a presentation to the NRC for approval. Use LINK C below to download the slides to begin thinking about the presentation.

Helpful RESOURCES

A. Learn more about Project Navigator.

B. List of Project Navigators (to be linked)

C. Download Project Presentation slide template.

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What to KNOW

  • Connecting with the Office of Research Compliance & Development early on will save you time and frustration.
  • The Office of Research Compliance & Development will help you decide if IRB involvement is required. Most QI or EBP projects won't require it, but they "might", so check with the Office of Research Compliance & Development first!

What to DO

  1. Email the Office of Research Compliance and Development [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...irb.coordinator@conehealth.com] to set up a brief consultation.
  2. Include your Project Navigator in all communications.

Helpful RESOURCES

A. Email the Office of Research Compliance and Development.
[Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...irb.coordinator@conehealth.com]

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What to KNOW

  • These are PREREQUISITES for ALL students regardless of degree level, enrolled program or employer.
  • Cone Health employees enrolled in an academic program are NOT exempt and need to comply with these steps.
  • If you are not a Cone Health employee, you MUST include a Cone Health employed CLINICAL nurse as defined as spending more than 51% of their time providing direct patient care as Principal Investigator (PI), Associate or Co-Principal Investigator (AI/CoPI) or Site Principal Investigator (Site PI).

What to DO

  1. Complete a Course Work Request Form (CWRF) found on the Nursing Student Experiences page.
  2. Submit the Course Work Request Form (CWRF) to staff.education@conehealth.com.
    NOTE: a new request is required each semester.
  3. Make sure to have your school IRB approval letter BEFORE creating your Cone Health IRBNet account. See Step 7 for more information on completing your submission package to Cone Health.

Helpful RESOURCES

A. Nursing Student Experiences.

B. Email Course Work Request Form (CWRF) to Staff Education.
[Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...staff.education@conehealth.com]

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What to KNOW

  • It’s now time to conduct a complete search of the literature.
  • You will want to synthesize and grade what you find, to make sure you are using the best available evidence.
  • There are many tools available and if you have one, go ahead and use it. However, if you have not identified any, use the LINKS below to download tools to help you.

What to DO

  1. Find the best literature.
    • Check with the Medical Library for help on search strategies, resource selection and conducting a search.
    • Use the Doing Research Guide for searching tips as well as templates for evaluating your articles.
  2. Select the best literature.
    • Use a grading tool to determine the best articles to use.
    • LINK below if you need one.

Helpful RESOURCES

A. Download the Doing Research Guide.

B. Download the Grading Guide

C. Email the Medical Library.
[Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...medical.library@conehealth.com]

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What to KNOW

  • ALL projects, Quality Improvement (QI), Evidence-Based Practice or Research require IRB Approval.
  • Cone Health Requires ALL investigators to complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training. (Covers working with Human Subjects. Click HERE for more information.
  • ALL Students (including Cone Health) and ALL Non-Cone Health Researchers:
    • When completing the Cone Health IRB application, one of the following:
      • Principal Investigator (PI)
      • Associate or Co-Principal Investigator (AI/Co-PI) OR
      • Site Principal Investigator (Site PI)

MUST include a Cone Health employed CLINICAL nurse as defined as spending more than 51% of their time providing direct patient care.

      • The PI listed on the application may be the student, Faculty Advisor or Academic Point of Contact.
      • STUDENTS need your approved school IRB application.
      • Your faculty advisor’s signature approving your study is also required, below the PI signature. (there is not a separate line; have them sign below your name and include their title).
    • All completed materials must be submitted by the 2nd Wednesday of the month to be accepted for that month’s agenda.

    What to DO

    1. Create an IRBNet account for your submission package.
      • The Office of Research Compliance & Development can provide you with further information on this process.
      • LINK: IRBNet
    2. Upload your materials.
      • Work with your Project Navigator and the Office of Research Compliance and Development to learn the list of required documents.
    3. When ready to "Submit" your project, you need to "Share" your package in IRBNet. This is the same this as "Submitting" it for review.

    Helpful RESOURCES

    A. Email the Office of Research Compliance and Development.
    [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...irb.coordinator@conehealth.com]

    B. IRBNet

    C. CITI Training

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    What to KNOW

    • If your project was a Quality Improvement (QI) or Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), you may have already gotten approval from your departmental leadership. Great! However...
    • You also need to let the Nursing Research Council (NRC) know about your work.
    • All nursing Research, EBP and QI studies and all student work will require NRC peer approval.

    What to DO

    1. Make sure all your required materials are uploaded into your IRBNet account (Step 7 above)
    2. It is the expectation that the PI will do the presentation to the NRC.
      • The presentation template is available in the IRBNet.
    3. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
      • The Nursing Research Council (NRC) meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10am-11:50am.
      • The agenda fills up quickly and meetings may be cancelled, or your study may be deferred to the following month so prepare ahead.

    Helpful RESOURCES

    A. Email the Nursing Research Council.

    Cone Health employees:
    Email the NRC Chair.
    [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...jessica.buckner@conehealth.com]

    Non-Cone Health employees:
    Email the Office of Nursing Research.
    [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...marjorie.jenkins@conehealth.com]

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    What to KNOW

    • Quality Improvement (QI) Projects:
      • Rapid cycle improvement.
      • Increased/improved quality, safety, performance, efficiency, processes, and/or outcomes.
      • Focused to a specific area, localized.
      • Small scale, continuous efforts for improvement.
    • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
    • Research Study
      • Scientific investigation.
      • Drives outcomes.
      • Identification of knowledge gaps.
      • Exploration and discovery.
    • ALL Cross-Campus Projects
      • It is a Nursing Research Magnet requirement that ALL data collected during the course of the project needs to be able to be separated by Cone Health campus.

    What to DO

    1. Conduct your project!

    Helpful RESOURCES

    A. Email the Nursing Research Council.

    Cone Health employees:
    Email the NRC Chair.
    [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...jessica.buckner@conehealth.com]

    Non-Cone Health employees:
    Email the Office of Nursing Research.
    [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...marjorie.jenkins@conehealth.com]

    B. Office of Research Compliance & Development.
    [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...irb.coordinator@conehealth.com]

    C. Medical Library.
    [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...medical.library@conehealth.com]

    D. Iowa Model-Revised.

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    What to KNOW

    • Once your work is done, share your findings
      • You will want to report your results with the NRC.
      • Additional options would include a poster presentation, podium presentation or publication.

    What to DO

    1. Email the NRC Chair to get on the agenda.
      [Trouble with email link? Copy & paste...jessica.buckner@conehealth.com]
    2. Collaborate with your Project Navigator (or academic Point of Contact) for disseminating project results and opportunities for implementing practice findings.

    Helpful RESOURCES

    A. Get more information.