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Center for Nursing Research & Quality Outcomes

In 2002, the Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes (CNRQO) was established within the Department of Nursing to promote quality patient care and patient-centered outcomes. This innovative approach provided full-time, on-site scholarly support for all nursing staff to integrate scientific evidence and research into their nursing practice. The success of this hospital-based service was quickly recognized and expanded to include support to a diverse group of health care professionals, such as physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, dieticians and other clinicians. Today, the CNRQO fosters a culture of evidence-based practice at MMC by supporting Patient Care Services’ staff with all aspects of their research studies and quality improvement projects.

The core mission of the CNRQO is to promote excellence in clinical care and improvement of patient outcomes through the generation of new scientific knowledge and the translation, synthesis, and implementation of existing evidence into practice.

We are dedicated to improvements in evidence-based patient care and professional practice through the advancement of the art and science of Nursing. We aim to promote quality patient care and outcomes; generate, analyze, disseminate and translate findings and outcomes to foster collaborative interprofessional partnerships through research and education for the communities we serve. The CNRQO also provides consultative services on evidence-based practice, quantitative and qualitative research and other topics to a variety of institutions across the country and are available upon request.

The Center regularly celebrates the outstanding scholarly work accomplished by Patient Care Services’ clinicians through the annual Research Excellence Award, the biennial Book of Abstracts, the Nursing Annual Report, the Patient Care Services’ Research poster display, the Interprofessional Research and Innovation Council updates, the electronic Knowledge Bank, the annual Clinical Scholar Program poster and podium presentations, and other means of Patient Care Services’ recognition.