By Kathleen Shuey, MS, RN, AOCN®, ACNS BC, clinical nurse specialist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Evidence-based practice that impacts patient care and nursing innovation is the foundation of the Magnet Recognition Program®. Magnet recognizes the impact of the bedside nurse on patient wibit inflatable water park outcomes. The program focuses on transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge/innovation/improvements, and empirical quality results. All of these pillars can be supported with help from ONS programming.

There are many avenues that can enhance an individual’s practice and provide inspiration for projects that impact new knowledge, innovation, and quality improvements. Attending national meetings, such as the ONS 40th Annual Congress, exposes nurses to a variety of research and evidence-based practices that impact patient outcomes. Sharing of clinical expertise and professional experiences provides nurses with opportunities to network with peers and bring new ideas and improvement opportunities back to the facility. The ONS Putting Evidence into Practice initiative provides a foundation for clinical practice.

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