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Clinical Practice Committee

Our point-of-care nurses observe changes that would help them care for patients better. We follow an evidence-based practice philosophy, and the autonomy of our shared governance model at UVA enables us to make changes to improve nursing practice across all areas.

  •  Tools for Planning Practice Changes: In planning and implementing practice changes, please follow this step-by-step evidence-based practice toolkit, and use this template as a worksheet for researching evidence and coordinating education, implementation and metrics for the change (see an example of the completed template here).
  • Keep up with the latest evidence! To get started, consider working with the PNSO's Evidence-Based Practice Subcommittee (2017 chair Dani Ottinger, DNP), or with Kelly Near, our nursing & patient liaison in the Health System Library. Through the Library, we also have an online journal club that makes it easy to assess & share the latest literature.
  • Use Shared Governance to address clinical issues and suggestions at the Local Committee level; share findings with your Regional Committee; and raise issues with broad impact to the PNSO's central Clinical Practice Committee, (2017 chair Kathleen Rea).
  • Stay updated on key changes in UVA nursing clinical practice through our monthly PNSO  Practice News newsletter.
  • Share your research projects & EBP solutions at the annual PNSO Evidence-Based Practice Symposium!


About the Clinical Practice Committee

The PNSO Bylaws describes Clinical Practice as one of the core missions of the PNSO, and convenes a standing committee of the PNSO to address this mission on an ongoing basis.

The Clinical Practice Committee, in turn, oversees several subcommittees which focus on specific aspects of nursing practice. Each of these bodies stays in close contact with both the Nursing Cabinet and practice areas' Regional and Local Committees, assuring communication and shared decision-making on proposed improvements in patient care affecting nursing.

The Clinical Practice Committee also works closely with liaisons to interdisciplinary practice committees.  The Chair represents Nursing on the hospital-wide Patient Care Committee, as well as other interprofessional decision-making groups.

The Vice-Chair coordinates a monthly nursing  Practice News educational module about recent and upcoming changes, and all nurses are pre-enrolled in the CBL. Many interprofessional colleagues have requested to be included on these monthly notifications, and the CBL is available for self-enrollment to them through our LMS.

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The Clinical Practice Committee

Mission: To examine nursing practice issues, questions or discrepancies across practice areas by applying an evidence-based model in resolution; to identify the resources and mechanisms for the development and implementation of best practice; to evaluate nursing quality data in consideration of nursing practice issues that traverse practice areas.

2015 CPC Subcommittees & Chairs
  • Adult Acute Care Nursing Procedures (Amy Hughes)
  • Children's Hospital Nursing Practice & Procedures (Cheryl Hubbard)
  • Critical Care Nursing Procedures (Phillip Balzer)
  • Nursing Informatics & Documentation (Allison Poeppel)
  • Procedural Area Practice & Procedures (Alisa Stickley)
The Research Review & Recommendation Committee

The R3 Committee is accountable to the Cabinet for implementing evidence-based practice by incorporating nursing research into daily interventions (2015 chair Barb Trotter).   Membership will be considered based upon research application experience and education. Consistency of the group will be maintained over time to support growth in the development of research utilization skills. Per Bylaws, their mission includes:

  • Collaborate with PNSO Practice Committees to incorporate the Evidence-Based Practice template into decision making processes.
  • Foster understanding of Levels of Evidence.  
  • Support efforts to increase research utilization. 
  • Receive updates/reports from PNSO Nursing Research Mentor Program.
  • Contribute to Evidence-Based Practice Symposium planning.