Throughout the last six months, librarians Chris Gaspard, M.S.L.S, Angela Myatt, M.Sc., and Katie Prentice, M.S.I.S., AHIP participated in the UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Education Program provided through the Center for Patient Safety & Health Policy at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
The purpose of the course, which is one of several programs run by the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy, (http://www.uthscsa.edu/cpshp/index.asp), is to provide physicians, other clinicians and administrators the skills and knowledge required to lead breakthrough change initiatives.
For their course project “Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Nursing Students, ” the librarians partnered with M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, Ph.D., R.N. of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing to develop and conduct a quality improvement project. The project aim was to study and increase the self-reported use of evidence-based practice resources by junior nursing students during the spring 2011 semester. At the conclusion of the project in May, results were presented to nursing faculty at the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and also to a group of UT Health Science Center librarians.