Sunday, December 6, 2015

Research Nurses' Retreat

Guest Blogger: Joan K. Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE

Many of MHRI nurses met a few weeks ago at the inaugural MHRI Nursing Research Retreat at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia, MD.  The group included registered nurses working throughout MHRI who have not had the opportunity to meet each other face-to-face. There was a great deal of engagement based on the commonality of a nursing background, despite different locales and positions. Several nurses shared the work they were doing on studies, lessons learned, and pearls of wisdom.

Guest speakers included:

·         Dr. Neil Weissman, President of MHRI

·         Dr Maureen McCausland , CNO of MedStar Health

·         Angela Thomas, Executive Director, Health Services Research Administration

·         Dr Nawar Shara, Director, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

·         Dr Vanita Aroda, Scientific Director, MedStar Community Clinical Research Center

·         Maureen McNulty, RN , Quality Assurance Associate

·         Shaunagh Browning, RN, Nurse Manager, Clinical Research Unit, Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)

Collectively, the group decided that research nurses should continue to meet face-to-face for a longer period of time and use technology to stay connected in the interim.   It was clear that nurses have a unique perspective on research, what they bring to MHRI, and the added value they bring to research participants’ experience given their nursing background.

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