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Martinsburg VA Medical Center

Martinsburg VAMC Co-Sponsors Nursing Research Conference

August 4, 2014

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) and Shepherd University will co-sponsor the 6th Annual Nursing Research Conference on November 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shepherd University nursing education building, Erma Ora Byrd Hall. 

This year’s theme is "Leading Change Through Evidence Based Practice." Medical center staff, local area nurses and nursing students are encouraged to attend this informative and engaging event.

The conference offers three plenary sessions and several smaller breakout sessions allowing participants to build a personalized learning experience to enhance their nursing practice.  Participants will also collaborate to create informational posters about evidence based practice, as well as have the opportunity for individual conversation with keynote speakers. This year’s keynote speakers are Susan Maditz, Geraldine Coyle and Jay Sandy. All of the keynote speakers have a Master of Science in Nursing and are registered nurses.

“Research enriches our nursing practice,” said Melvinia Dunn, medical center associate chief nurse for acute care. “This conference is a great way for nurses and nursing students to share evidence from research with the nursing community.”

This year’s proceeds will fund the conference’s annual scholarship for two participating students selected by the Shepherd University Nursing staff and one Martinsburg VAMC staff member who are pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Each year the conference brings together over a hundred nursing professionals who exchange ideas and grow the world of healthcare. The conference will serve as a systematic approach to improve patient care by using validated research in practice improves patient safety and outcomes. The conference will also offer information sharing about evidence based practice and the opportunity for further research.

Click on "Adobe Acrobat Format" in the top right corner to see the event flyer and the "Word Document Format" to see the registration and abstract submission forms.

For more information regarding the conference please contact Margaret Washington at 304-263-0811, ext. 3896 or Jan Lorber at ext. 3708.  Shepherd University nursing students may contact Laura Clayton at 304-876-5459.