I am an L&D nurse. I love to “look it up.” I value evidence-based practice.

I am an L&D nurse. I love to “look it up.” I value evidence-based practice.

Read Nickie’s take on evidence-based practice (EBP) – why she is committed to it, how she integrates it in her practice, and an invitation to attend the EBP Fair.

EBP allows me to provide the highest quality nursing care to my patients and their families. I value EBP because it is the cornerstone of professionalism, quality and excellence in patient- and family-centered care. My favorite saying on the unit is, “Let’s look it up!”

Each nursing unit at AAMC is currently working on improving practice through Quality projects. We implement current evidence to ensure we are giving our patients the best care possible.

In Labor and Delivery, we are focusing on the benefit of giving our breastfeeding babies skin to skin contact or breastfeeding within the first hours after birth. Our research question for the Fair is this: In breastfeeding infants, what is the effect of initiating skin to skin contact within one hour of birth on exclusive breastfeeding prior to discharge as compared to no skin to skin contact within the first hour of life?

Through education, research, data collection and process improvement, we aim to make AAMC the #1 choice for patient- and family-centered birth in our community.

Come see how L&D and our other units are applying EPB at AAMC. Join us on Friday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. along the hallways between the North and South Towers.

As if you needed another reason to come by–we’ll have games, prizes and drawings all day long! See you there. -Nickie O’Rourke, RN, RNC, Labor & Delivery, Staff/Charge Nurse, Quality Council Co-chair

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