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The Fourth Annual Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Research Symposium - What Can We Do By Next Tuesday? Bringing It All Together and Not Losing Steam (Part 3 of 3)

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.

Activity Date:
Start Date:   May 3, 2021
End Date:  May 3, 2024
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  • Miriam Dowling-Schmitt, MS, RN, CPPS, CPHQ

    Miriam Dowling-Schmitt, MS, RN, CPPS, CPHQ – Miriam was honored to receive an invitation to give the endnote presentation at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Nursing Research Conference. She was selected for this presentation because of her experience implementing evidence-based practice at the bedside for eight years as a critical care nurse and critical care clinical specialist, four years as a quality improvement leader in both hospital and ambulatory settings, and strong interest in nursing research. She holds certifications in patient safety, healthcare quality, and process improvement. Her education is solely in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree as an adult and geriatric primary care nurse practitioner from the University of Vermont.

There is no fee for this activity, but to receive contact hours you must register online and complete the online Attestation and Evaluation form (you must register to access this form).

Learning Outcome

At the end of this learning activity, (at least 75% of) participants will be able to discuss at least two lessons learned that can be incorporated into a plan of study when investigating possible improvements in current nursing practice.


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 0.50 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Dartmouth-Hitchcock will award contact hour(s) for successful completion. In order to receive full contact hour credit for this Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation 
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have reported NO financial interest or relationship* with various companies. There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

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Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions of the activity or regarding accreditation: 

Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Center for Nursing Excellence
Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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