Translating evidence-based practices to the bedside can be facilitated by an active academic-practice partnership between nursing faculty and frontline nursing staff. A collaborative effort between the university's academic nurses and the medical center's clinical nurses explored, created, implemented, and evaluated an evidence-based nurse-driven protocol for decreasing the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The nurse-driven protocol was piloted in 4 intensive care units and included nurse-driven orders for catheter discontinuation, utilization of smaller bore urinary catheters, addition of silver-based cleansing products for urinary catheter care, and education of staff on routine catheter care and maintenance. Data were collected for more than 8 months pre- and postimplementation of the nurse-driven protocol. Postimplementation data revealed a 28% reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the intensive care units as compared with preimplementation. Secondary benefits of this academic-practice partnership included strengthening the legitimacy of classroom content as lessons learned were integrated into courses in the nursing curriculum. The result of the partnership was a stronger sense of collaboration and collegiality between hospital staff and the university faculty. Transformative leadership engaged numerous stakeholders through collaborative efforts to realize best practices. An academic-practice partnership facilitates transformative change and provides structural stability and sustainability.
Adult Health Nursing Department, University of South Alabama College of Nursing, Mobile (Drs Johnson and Buckner); Staff Development, University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile (Ms Gilman); and Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center, University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile (Ms Lintner).
Correspondence: Pamela Johnson DNP, RN, Adult Health Nursing Department, University of South Alabama College of Nursing, 5721 USA Dr North, HAHN 4068, Mobile, AL 36688 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors are grateful to the University of South Alabama Medical Center for its support and participation in development and successful implementation of this protocol, especially: the CAUTI prevention action team; evidence-based practice committee members, and physicians and nurses in the medical surgical ICU, progressive care unit, surgical trauma ICU, and Burn ICU.
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The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this study.