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Nurse Research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP)

UC San Diego strongly supports nurses with scholarly activities to advance the profession. Judy E. Davidson DNP RN, a full-time nurse scientist, supports nurses with project development, presentation and publication. Nearly 200 nurses belong to our virtual research interest group, networking and sharing resources to help each other with project execution.

UC San Diego medical library is THE designated medical library of San Diego County. UC San Diego nurses enjoy instant access to evidence whenever needed without a charge. Our designated nursing librarian, Korey Brunetti MLIS, supports nurses with search strategies, use of Endnote and other technologies used when conducting change or research projects.

Our active EBP/Research Council organizes and executes a yearly conference to showcase projects conducted over the previous year. Annually, nurses at UCSD present an average of 50 podium and 50 poster projects at regional and national conferences, and publish an average of 30 publications in peer-reviewed nursing journals.

The clinical advancement ladder, constructed by nurses for nurses through shared governance, encourages nurses to conduct evidence-based practice change projects and/or research as partial requirement for promotion. Classes and individual mentorship are provided for those seeking career advancement.

UCSD is very unique in the way we integrate art as a way of knowing. Our team of nurse artists translate evidence into art and exhibit each year at the conferences.  Artists have published their work along with research results as graphic abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.