Evid Based Nurs 4:40 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.2.40

Evidence-based practice contest: innovations in clinical excellence

Have you been involved in a successful project to improve patient outcomes?

Share your success with your colleagues and win free conference registration, free continuing education, a day at the spa, dinner for two—and more!

Sigma Theta Tau and Nursing Spectrum are sponsoring Innovations in Clinical Excellence, a programme designed to recognise successful evidence-based projects.

Five nurses will be recognised for their innovations.

Success stories

We're looking for projects that integrate the current best evidence with clinical expertise to guide practice. Nurses can use evidence-based practice not only to leverage better outcomes for their patients but also to save themselves time and stress.

Types of projects

Examples of projects you might want to consider submitting include:

  • Quality improvement projects at the organisation-wide or unit level

  • Benchmarking projects

  • Research utilisation projects

  • Case management projects.

Look for projects where you used the nursing literature to solve a problem and gain better patient outcomes.

Contest winners will receive:

  • Free registration at Sigma Theta Tau's International Biennial Convention, November 10-14, 2001, Indianapolis, IN. Winners will be recognised in a special ceremony

  • US$1000 travel stipend awarded by Nursing Spectrum

  • 5 contact hours of FREE continuing education self study programmes**

  • A fun filled Nursing Spectrum gift basket, including:

    • Certificate good for one day at a local spa (limit of $100)

    • $100 dining gift certificate from American Express

    • Stress relief tool kit

  • Selection of Careerware clothing, provided by Nursing Spectrum

  • International recognition for you and your organisation through articles in Sigma Theta Tau publications, in all seven editions of Nursing Spectrum, and on the Sigma Theta Tau ( and Nursing Spectrum ( websites.

  • News of your achievement will be promoted to a variety of publications

  • A free, one year subscription to Evidence-Based Nursing.

Selection process

All submissions will undergo review by the Evidence-Based Practice Work Group (comprising members of Sigma Theta Tau International, Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). All identifying information from the submission will be removed before review.

Submission form

Title of Project Description of project

Please include all of the following, on no more than 2 single-spaced pages:

  • Practice problem

  • Type of evidence used

  • Method used to obtain and review evidence

  • Planned strategy for improvement

  • How the strategy was implemented

  • Method of evaluation

  • Outcomes/results

  • Lessons learnt

Contact Information:

  • Name (must be an RN)

  • Organisation

  • Address

  • City/State/Zip

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Chief Nurse Executive/Officer (CNE/O)

  • Signature of CNE/O (required)

All submissions must be typed. Multiple applications may be submitted from a single organisation, but awards will be limited to one per institution.

Send submissions to:

  • Adam Keener

  • Sigma Theta Tau International

  • 550 W. North Street

  • Indianapolis, IN 46202

  • USA

  • Phone: +1 317 634 8171

  • Fax: +1 317 686 7302

  • Email: adam{at}

  • Deadline: 1 June 2001


  • ** This activity is offered by Sigma Theta Tau International, accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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