Nursing Research and Quality

In 2010 Children’s National Health System attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

Children’s National celebrates nursing research, quality, and evidence-based practice.   Our program is developing into a nationally recognized setting for pediatric nursing and inter-professional scholarly research. Our goal is to involve nurses in research, quality, and evidence based practice in order to improve patient and family care outcomes. We define excellence in nursing practice as a mindset of continually evaluating care challenges and improvements that result in enhanced outcomes for the patient, the family, and the organization. This includes disseminating findings in ways that benefit the children and families of the world.

We seek to continually:
  1. Facilitate the conduct of independent, extramurally-funded studies that generate new knowledge
  2. Engage nurses in the systematic examination of their clinical hypotheses
  3. Provide research mentorship
  4. Promote inter-professional research
  5. Establish evidence based nursing practice
  6. Involve nurses at all levels in the quality improvement processes
  7. Demonstrate improved patient outcomes through the quality indicators program 
Our program and its offerings include:
  1. Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes
  2. The Clinical Improvement and Nursing Research Council (CINRC)
  3. Nursing Research Advisory Committee (NRAC)
  4. Nursing members of the Clinical and Community Research Center at Children’s National
  5. Nursing Research and Activities Development Committee (NRAD)
  6. Doctoral Support Group
  7. Open Office Hours
  8. Walking Quality Rounds
  9. Individual consultations on research, evidence-based practice , and quality
  10. Quality indicators measurement
Our outcomes include:
  1. Extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, National Institute of Nursing Research), health care product companies and private foundations
  2. Intramural research funding for studies from the Children’s Research Institute
  3. Research studies with RNs as principal investigators
  4. National paper and poster presentations
  5. Peer reviewed publications

Courtney M. Jones' Story

Courtney Jones

When Courtney M. Jones, RN, BSN, began her nursing career in labor and delivery, she found herself drawn to the teenage mothers. "I would always take those patients," she says. "I felt like I could really connect with them, and talk to them easily." So when she moved to school nursing, she knew a high school was the place for her.

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