In December 2017, the Department of Nursing at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) and the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) developed a collaborative relationship to promote a culture of inquiry in clinical care. Called the Nurse Scholars Program, the aims of the Academic Practice Partnership are to generate nursing research, advance nursing science, and advance nursing practice at all MLH hospitals.
Two Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare North (MLH-North) clinical nurses are in the first cohort that lasts 18 months. During monthly sessions, a UTHSC nurse scientist leads the scholars in learning basic principles of research and developing research studies, including submitting research proposals to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Scholars are also learning how to write abstracts and manuscripts for publication and are honing their presentation skill. Additionally, each scholar completes an evidence-based practice project. Two studies have been completed at MLH-North and one is underway. The current study is examining prevalence and risk factors of bullying in the nursing workforce. Completed studies examined factors associated with patients leaving the Emergency Department before care was completed, and variables related to retention of new graduate nurses in the Nurse Residency Program.