Evidence Based Practice Scholars
Evidence Based Practice Scholars

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Scholars

The 2017-2018 EBP Scholars cohort members have been announced, they are:


2017-2018 EBP Scholars (PDF)

The EBP Scholars program assists Children's Mercy to meet four of its five organizational goals:

  • Improve Performance. Improve processes, increase capacity for innovation and service excellence, and strengthen our financial position. 
  • Strengthen Market Position. Maintain our market position in the metro area and grow it throughout the region.
  • Deliver Value. Develop an integrated pediatric health system that demonstrates value, expertise, and efficiency.
  • Elevate Academic Profile. Enhance the research capabilities and accomplishments of Children's Mercy and strengthen the quality of the educational experiences. 


Knowledge Translator (KT) Scholars

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2016) has identified there are substantial obstacles for translating research findings, with the intent of improving patient and staff outcomes, into sustained clinical practice. Designing evidence based practice projects has become an integrated component in nursing program curricula, however, these projects are not implemented in the clinical setting. There are two recommendations within The Institute of Medicine's (2010) The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report that calls on nursing to improve the population's health:

  1. Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts
  2. Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health
Realizing this call for quality improvement, Children's Mercy launched a collaboration between the Office of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and the Nurse Residency Program (NRP) in early 2015 that employed a tenured staff nurse (Knowledge Translation [KT] Scholar) to lead and mentor newly licensed nurses participating in the NRP to implement, or sustain, a practice change based on current science. Below are the KT Scholars for the Winter 2015 and Summer 2016 cohorts and the associated posters for the completed Winter 2015 Cohort. 

Agency for Health care Research and Quality. (2016). Agency for healthcare research and quality: A profile. Retrieved from 

Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Retrieved from http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12956&page=R1 

Winter 2016 KT Scholars

KT Scholar Photos Winter 2016
Winter 2016 KT Scholars (PDF)


Summer 2016 Knowledge Translation Scholars

KT Scholar Photos Summer 2016
Summer 2016 KT Scholars (PDF)

Winter 2015 Cohort Posters

  • It's as Easy as A-B-C: Decreasing RN Nasopharyngeal (NP) Suctioning Rates by Aspirating Before Catheter (A-B-C)
  • Crucial Communication with Parents During Admission to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Enhancing Nurse Compliance: Cleaning Digital Phones in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN)
  • EPIC: Endotracheal Tube Position is Critical in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN)
  • Influenza Cocooning in the Intensive Care Nursery - ICN influenza poster
  • Why Not Use a J-Tip?: Improving Usage in the Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas Emergency Department
  • Steps for Change: Reducing Specimen Errors in the Operating Room (OR)
  • Weights in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Keep Me Safe While I Sleep: Safe to Sleep Policy Compliance at Children's Mercy Hospital

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