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Before you get too far along, make sure you are clear on the TYPE of project you are about to get involved with.
Projects can be either Quality Improvement, Evidence-Based Practice or a Research Study.
Your great ideas will need the support of others.
Discuss with your Nurse Leader…
Leadership support is crucial.
If your leader green-lights your idea, then proceed but make sure to keep them appraised as your work progresses.
1. You MUST get a Project Navigator to work with you. They need to be someone who will agree to help you on the project.
2. You MUST ALSO email the Nursing Research Council Chair.
Touching base with the ORC&D early on will save you time and frustration.
Email the Office of Research Compliance and Development to set up a brief consultation. Your Project Navigator should be included.
They 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 ORC&D first!
ALL students doing work at Cone Health need to comply with these steps.
They are PREREQUISITES for ALL students regardless of degree level, enrolled program or employer.
Cone Health employees enrolled in an academic program are NOT exempt.
The Course Work Request Form (CWRF) must be sent to email@example.com. NOTE: a new request is required each semester.
A preliminary search of the literature is a good idea to:
A more thorough search of the literature should come after your Burning Question has been developed and you are assembling your information for approval and project work.
Contact the Medical Library for assistance. Their Doing Research Guide has tips for searching as well as templates for evaluating your articles.
If you are not sure whether or not your project will require IRB review, contact the Office of Research Compliance & Development now. Generally QI or EBP projects will not require it, but it is best to be sure.
If your project will not need IRB review, great. Now you can move on to the next step.
If your project DOES need IRB review, then you will need to create an IRBNet account for your submission package. The ORC&D would have provided you with further information on this process.
STUDENTS need your approved school IRB application. The PI listed on it may be the student, Faculty Advisor or Academic Point of Contact.
When completing the Cone Health IRB application, one of the following MUST be a Cone Health RN. The PI, Co-PI, AI or Project Navigator.
If your project was a QI or EBP, you may have already gotten approval from your departmental leadership. Great!
You also will let the Nursing Research Council (NRC) know about your work.
Research studies and all student work will require a presentation to the NRC.
For those projects that it was determined you need NRC approval, follow the following steps.
All completed materials must be submitted by the 1st Wednesday of the month to be accepted for that month’s agenda.
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.
Cone Health requires ALL investigators conducting research at Cone Health to complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training. (covers working with Human Subjects)
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Once your work is done, you will share your findings with the NRC.
Collaborate with your Project Navigator (or Point of Contact) for disseminating project results and opportunities for implementing practice findings.