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The Fourth Annual Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Research Symposium
Virtual in 2021
Nursing Research, Evidence-Based Practice, and Quality Improvement: What’s the Difference?

Many nurses are unsure how to respond when asked to discuss the difference between evidence-based nursing practice (EBP), nursing research and quality improvement (QI). All of these processes, when done well, result in new knowledge generation or knowledge-synthesis. Each process has unique features and essential requirements, and all have the potential to inform and improve nursing care and nursing practice. Evidence-based practice, nursing research and quality improvement all start with some form of a question and many factors enter into a decision to choose one discovery process over another to answer the question. Join us as we learn how to determine whether an evidence-based practice, research or quality improvement process is best suited to explore a question that YOU might have about your practice.

Our keynote speaker this year is former Norris Cotton Cancer Center advanced practice nurse and scientist, Ellen Lavoie Smith, PhD, MSN, RN, AOCN®, FAAN. Dr. Smith will share her professional development path as well as highlight her contributions to nursing science in the field of oncology nursing. We look forward to hosting our additional presenters at this conference, all of whom are current and former DH nurses. Please see our plan of the day for additional information.

The virtual conference meeting access link will be emailed to registered participants 24 – 48 hours prior to the start of the activity.

Activity Details
Start Date: May 3, 2021
End Date: May 3, 2021
Time: Log on: 8:30 – 8:45 am
Symposium: 8:45 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Virtual - Webex
Download: Event Flyer

Registration is online and by credit card only. Register Now

The registration fees are as follows:

  • D-H Lebanon, Concord, Manchester, Nashua and Bedford employees: $10
  • NEAH Members and Member Organizations: $15
  • External: $20
  • Students: No Charge (preregistration required for planning purposes)

Need-based scholarships are available. Please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org for information.

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. A $10 administrative fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

If you need to cancel your registration, please call (603) 653-1234 or email clpd.support@hitchcock.org. Cancellations should be made 10 days in advance. If you need to cancel within 10 of this event please email: Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org

Speakers & Topics
8:30 am - 8:45 am Webinar Log on
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome
9:00 am - 10:15 am Keynote:
Bedside to Bench to Bedside:
Nursing Research to Inform Practice
~ Ellen Lavoie Smith, PhD, MSN, RN, AOCN®, FAAN
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:30 am Tackling a problem:
Panel on Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement
~ Moderated by: Elizabeth McGrath, DNP, APRN, AG-ACNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN
~ Ellen Lavoie Smith, PhD, MSN, RN, AOCN®, FAAN (Research)
~ Sara Simeone, MSN, RN (QI)
~ Paula Seaman, MSN, DA, RN (Evidence-Based Practice)
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Endnote:
What Can We Do By Next Tuesday? Bringing It All Together and Not Losing Steam
~ Miriam Dowling-Schmitt, MS, RN, CPHQ, CPPS
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Question and Answer Session
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this symposium, learners will be able to compare and contrast research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 3 contact hours.

Receiving Contact Hours

The follow steps must be completed in order to receive contact hours for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s). A contact hours tracking sheet will be provided.
  • Complete the online evaluation - Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

    Accessing the Online Evaluation (The evaluation is available the day after the event)

  • Log onto https://ce.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/login.aspx
  • Click on the My Activities link in the left side menu. Then click on the name of the activity you attended.
  • Click on the Resume button.
  • Click the Continue button until the Evaluation tab is active, and then click the Launch button.
  • Fill out the evaluation and then click submit. Contact hours will then be applied to your transcript. You can view your updated transcript by clicking on the "View Transcript" button.

View the Completing an Evaluation and Claiming Credit tutorial.

For questions or technical support, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

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