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How last year's participants planned to apply what they learned

  • I plan to look more critically at my work practices and see what can be improved using EBP; maybe I can change nursing practice for the better.
  • Support staff to ask burning question of why — and foster environment to discover evidence-based practice.
  • Work to enhance our internship program and incorporate an EBP project.
  • I am a firm believer that everything is done for a reason. It should be done for the right reason and in the right way. Knowing how to do something the right way comes from having the evidence to show it is the right way-Thus EBP.

And they left renewed and inspired

  • I'm so excited and impressed with all the posters, the speakers and the energy of the conference-makes me want to publish our poster and do more on my unit to discover what else is out there.
  • I have had my eyes opened to the possibilities of improved patient care through EBP.


A conference syllabus will not be provided. All participants are asked to print or save their own handouts. No handouts will be provided on site. A link to the handouts will be e-mailed to each paid registrant one week prior to the conference. MU Nursing Outreach only provides the link to handouts to paid registrants of this conference. Accordingly, please do not share this link. If someone needs the link, they should call our office at 573-882-0215.

We ask all speakers to submit handouts. If there are no handouts posted, that means the speaker did not submit them by the due date. If we receive handouts after the due date, they will be posted as we get them. You may want to check for any handouts that are currently missing, prior to the conference. Some speakers bring handouts on the day of the event. Handouts will remain up at least two weeks after the event.

CE certificates

A certificate of completion is provided to all conference participants who are paid in full and complete the conference evaluation form. If you are not paid in full, your CE credit will be awarded upon payment in full.

Lost certificates may be replaced with a written request to the Nursing Outreach office for a fee of $10 per certificate. We will need your name (exact same name that you used for registering) and the date and title of the conference you attended.

Registration cancellation and substitution

We understand that circumstances may arise that require you to cancel or send a substitute. If you cancel your attendance five or more business days before the conference, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. You may send a substitute at any time. Please notify the Nursing Outreach office of any registration changes prior to the conference to facilitate the check-in process.

Please note that upon submitting your registration, you are responsible for paying the full registration fee, whether or not you actually attend the conference, unless your registration is canceled at least five business days prior to the conference. All cancellation notices must be in writing; e-mail notification is acceptable.


If you register without paying, you are responsible for payment whether or not you attend the conference unless you cancel at least five business days before the conference.

Program changes and cancellations

Nursing Outreach reserves the right to make changes in content and speakers, or to cancel programs if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail. Every effort will be made to contact each enrollee if a program is cancelled. In the event of cancellation, registration fees are automatically refunded in full. You will be notified one week prior to the activity date, and a full refund will be sent to you. MU will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants including, but not limited to, airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.

Commercial support

When commercial support is received for an educational activity, the conference planning committee maintains complete control over the selection of content and speakers. Acceptance of commercial support does not imply approval or endorsement of any product.


Taping by attendees is not allowed at any educational activities sponsored by Nursing Outreach.

Tax deduction

Your expenditure for this activity may qualify you for a Lifetime Learning federal tax credit. Tax deduction information regarding continuing education expenses is available from the IRS or tax advisors (Treasury Regulation 1.162.5).


  • Participants are asked to set their cellphones on vibrate or silent and to exit the meeting room for all calls.
  • Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.
  • MU complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have special needs as addressed by the ADA and need special assistance with this or any portion of the learning process, please notify us as soon as possible. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.
  • Please contact the Nursing Outreach Office at or 573-882-0215, if you need special dietary considerations.
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10th Evidence-Based Practice on the Frontline: Building a Culture of Quality, Safety and Nursing Professionalism


  • April 12 Pre-conference
    5:15 to 8:30 p.m.
    MU Sinclair School of Nursing
    Topics and speakers TBA
  • April 13 Conference
    Peachtree Banquet Center, Columbia
    Map and directions

Although this event targets front line nurses who actually provide the care, regardless of setting, APRNs, managers and educators also provide positive feedback from participation.


You DO NOT need to attend the regular conference on April 13 to attend the pre-conference.

  • Early $80
  • Regular $90
  • Onsite $100

No student or group discounts for the pre-conference


  • Before March 29 $159 per person
  • Regular $179 per person
  • Onsite $199 per person


Explore how front line nurses can discover and use the latest evidence to improve nursing care and patient outcomes. The focus is not on research, but rather on how staff nurses can carry out EBP projects as well as access and use the latest evidence to guide their everyday practice.

Relevant content for both the novice and advanced nurse with respect to EBP competencies is included. Specific skills building sessions on how to carry out an EBP project as well as exemplar projects from nurses will be offered. 

Target audience

In its 10th year, this educational program is developed by nurses for nurses, primarily front line nurses who actually provide the care, regardless of setting. The focus is not on doing research, but rather on how staff nurses can develop, access and use the latest evidence to guide their everyday practice. Specific skill-building sessions as well as exemplar projects from nurses who have implemented successful EBP projects in their workplaces are integrated throughout the day.  APRNs, managers and educators who want to ensure quality outcomes through best practices also will benefit from participation.

Overall conference outcomes:

  • Empower frontline nurses in the EBP process.
  • Evaluate evidence-based practice projects for application of findings and/or replication in your own work setting.


TuckerKeynote speaker

Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, PMHCNS-BC Grayce Sills Endowed Professor  in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing; Director, Translational ResearchCore, Helene Fuld

  • Health Trust National Institute for EBP, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • The Importance of the Front Line Nurse in Integrating Evidence Based Practices

New this year — Posters

A People’s Choice Award will be given. The winner will be chosen by those attending the conference who use these criteria to select the winner.

  • Easy to understand PICO(T) question.
  • Depiction of the project is easy to follow on the poster.
  • The poster is visually appealing.


You can learn and have fun doing it

When asked how they planned to apply what they learned, last year's participants said: 

  • I intend to apply this knowledge in my clinic setting by researching methods in which procedures are done and what is safest/best practice.
  • I am motivated and inspired to look into why we do things that we do and to see if there is research supporting those things.
  • Taking one step at a time. If we can continue to get nurses and physicians supporting EBP, then we can make changes that will make our patients safe and have better outcomes.

And, they left renewed and inspired

  • All speakers were inspiring and I felt confident with the content after the day was over.

From Evidence to Action: Facilitating Practice Change

Pre-conference agenda

5:15 p.m.
Check In

  • Light dinner

5:50 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions

  • Shirley Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, associate dean, Nursing Outreach, teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing

6 p.m.
Setting the Stage

  • Bonnie Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, adjunct associate research professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing

6:10 p.m.
Using a Diarrhea Testing Algorithm with C Diff Testing

  • Cassie Mueller, MSN, RN, CIC, infection prevention specialist and Wendy Castagno, RN, CIC, infection prevention coordinator, Boone Hospital Center, Columbia

6:40 p.m.
Influenza Vaccine Cocooning in a Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery

  • Nesha Park, BSN, RN, ICN QI coordinator and Tanairi Kennedy, BSN, RN, staff nurse, intensive care nursery, Children's Mercy, Kansas City

7:10 p.m.

7:25 p.m.
Education Intervention to Improve Inpatient Glycemic Management

  • Amanda Meyer, MSN, RN, diabetes educator and Ann Popkess, PhD, RN, nurse research scientist, DePaul Hospital, St Louis

7:55 p.m.
Questions and Answers

8:10 p.m.

  • Bonnie Wakefield

Main conference agenda

7:30 a.m.

  • Light breakfast
  • Visit exhibits

8:15 a.m.
Welcome and introductions

  • Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, assistant dean, Nursing Outreach and teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing

8:30 a.m.
The Importance of the Front Line Nurse in Integrating Evidence-Based Practices

  • Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, PMHCNS-BC, Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing; Director, Translational Research Core, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • The keynote address will raise awareness, present challenges and provide solutions to empowering front line nurses in the EBP process. Myths and realities will be highlighted and reviewed. Participants will engage in discussion of solutions that are driven by a systematic EBP model that emphasizes organizational priorities, key stakeholder active involvement, data, resources, implementation and evaluation.

10 a.m.
Beverage break

  • Visit exhibits and posters

10:25 a.m.
Engaging Front Line Staff in Ongoing Evidence-Based Practice Changes in Real World Settings

  • Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, PMHCNS-BC
  • This presentation will focus on engagement of the direct care staff in application of EBP. Implementation strategies will be discussed in terms of piloting,  integrating and sustaining a desired practice change. Attendees will participate in a group exercise that will build implementation strategy knowledge and skill.

11:25 a.m.
Hosted luncheon   

12:10 p.m.
Poster session

  • Abstract presenters to be with posters
  • 40 minutes of CE credit awarded for poster session
  • New this year, attendees will evaluate posters and nominate their favorite for the 'People's Choice Award'.  The poster winner of this award will receive complimentary registration to the 2018 EBP conference.  Attendees who participate in this activity will also have the opportunity to win a complimentary registration to the 2018 EBP conference.

12:50 p.m.
EBP Projects from Front Line Nurses: A Panel Discussion

  • Korrin P. Ingalls, RNC-NIC, IBCLC, University of Missouri Health Care
  • Molly Prenger, BSN, RN, Boone Hospital Center, Columbia
  • Susie Jennison, BSN, RN, CCRN, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis
  • These three RNs presented posters last year to inform you about their evidence-based practice projects.  This year, learn more about how these front line nurses managed a project from design to implementation including the successes and complications along the way. 

1:50 p.m.
Move to concurrent sessions

1:55 p.m.
A)   EBP 101

  • Denice Mendenhall, RN, MN, instructor of nursing, University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Are you new to EBP or need a refresher to the evidence based practice process?  This presentation is designed for the EBP novice and will include the steps of the EBP process.  Participants will learn how to write a PICO question and distinguish among the levels of evidence found in the literature.

B) A Case Study Approach to Implementation and Evaluation 

  • Jennifer Williams, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Director of Nursing Research, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, KS
  • This presentation is for those with more advanced knowledge of the EBP process, using a case study approach to evaluating the rigor of research studies.   The speaker will review the different levels of evidence, how to plan implementation of the project, overcome roadblocks encountered and metrics to measure outcomes.

2:55 p.m.
Dessert break

3:10 p.m.
Promoting Inquisitive Thinking

  • Robin Harris, DNP, RN, assistant teaching professor and director, DNP Program, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • One skill proven to be invaluable in nursing is inquisitive thinking – the eagerness to know more about a subject, even when the knowledge is not imminently needed.  Knowledge is power and the ability to gain knowledge is solidly based in inquisitiveness. How can this skill be facilitated so questioning and asking why become the practice norm in the workplace?  The speaker will discuss ways to promote this questioning and curiosity which can lead to being inquisitive thinker.

4:10 p.m.


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The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1019-7

Up to 2.25 contact hours will be awarded for the Preconference on April 12 and 6.16 contact hours for the Regular conference on April 13 to all individuals who attend, complete the evaluation form, and are paid in full.  This approval is reciprocal in all states and for all specialty organizations that recognize the ANCC approval process.


Stoney Creek Hotel, 2601 S. Providence, Columbia, MO  65203

A block of rooms has been reserved on the night of April 12, 2017 at the special rate of $99 until March 12 at the Stoney Creek Hotel. After this date, rooms will be on a space available basis only. To make reservations, please call 800-659-2220. Be sure to ask for the MU EBP Conference room block.  Participants are responsible for making their own reservations and guaranteeing reservations with a credit card. A map may be found on  

Planning committee

  • Jaime Basnett, MS(N), FNP, family nurse practitioner, Missouri Orthopedic Institute/Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City
  • Karen R. Cox, PhD, RN, director, quality improvement, MU Health Care, Columbia
  • Debra Deeken, MS(N), RN, NE-BC, OCN, director nursing/patient care services — ambulatory care, MU Healthcare, Columbia
  • Leslie Duckworth, BSN, RN, MBA-HCA, manager, clinical quality, patient safety and infection prevention, Boone Hospital Center, Columbia
  • Shirley Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, assistant dean, Nursing Outreach and Teaching Professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • Anne Heine, MS(N), RN, instructor of nursing, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • Claudia Hurtman, MSN, RN, coordinator of professional practice, office of professional nursing, MU Healthcare, Columbia
  • Libby Klipfel, BSN, RN, CNOR, educator director, Missouri Delta Medical Center, Sikeston
  • Linda Makarewicz, BSN, RN, staff nurse 5-P, intensive care nursery, Boone Hospital Center, Columbia
  • Denice Mendenhall, MN, RN, instructor of nursing, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • Sarah Muegge, MSN, RN, instructor, Regional Services, CoxHealth, Springfield
  • Betsy Reeves, MSN, RN, clinical educator, Center for Education and Development, MU Healthcare, Columbia
  • Amanda Spickard, RN, instructor, Regional Services, CoxHealth, Springfield
  • Cynthia S. Stephens, MS(N), RN, clinical instructor, Nurse Planner, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Nursing Outreach, Columbia
  • Angela Story, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, director of nursing, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Columbia
  • LuAnn Tandy, PhD, RN, RAC-CT, director of clinical services, Healthcare Resorts of Kansas (Ensign)
  • Bonnie Wakefield, PhD, RN, associate research professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia