Innovative organizations integrate evidence-based practice and research into clinical and operational processes. Nurses are educated about evidence-based practice and research, enabling them to appropriately explore the safest and best practices for their patients and practice environment, and to generate new knowledge. Published research is systematically published and used. Nurses serve on the board that reviews proposals for research, and knowledge gained through research is disseminated to the community of nurses.
Crozer-Keystone Health System has established a system-wide Institutional Review Board (IRB) that currently oversees approximately 135 research projects. Many of those projects are being led by Crozer-Keystone Health System nurses.