At Stanford Health Care, a hunger for new scientific knowledge to guide nursing practice is part of the fabric of who we are. We believe that clinical and leadership practice should be informed by current evidence and tailored to meet the needs of those we serve. Stanford nurses are challenged to seek and adopt evidence-based practice, innovate to improve care, share ideas, and learn from experiences. We have established structures and processes to support research development, utilization, education, and dissemination.  We have created an environment that embraces a spirit of inquiry and creativity as we build and apply the science for healing humankind.

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  • Completed LEAF STUDY – largest RCT pressure injury study and the first to use a wearable patient sensor to evaluate preventive turning practices for reducing pressure injuries. Demonstrated a 70% reduction in pressure injuries between groups – resulted in three publications, presentation at regional & national conferences, and awarded outstanding abstract of the year at the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Annual Meeting. 

  • Co-created and launched Stanford University’s first Post-doctoral Nurse Training program. A national search resulted in Nancy Dudley being selected as the first recipient. This was in partnership with SHC Palliative Care, the Department of Primary Care & Population Health, VA Palo Alto, LPCH, and the Nurse Alumnae. Based on this collaboration we have also worked with the VA Palo Alto to hire a second Nurse Scientist who was recently a co-I on a $2.5M research award.

  • Co-developed and chaired the inaugural Healthcare Con - an eleven hospital collaboration with the Bay Area Magnet Consortium. This attracted over 60 speakers and over 330 participants to the Stanford Campus. The Office of Research led the planning and execution of this 2-day event. The conference received exemplary evaluations from attendees and was $21K under budget. 

  • Produced Stanford Health Care’s first Nursing Research newsletter – Discovery. This is a bi-monthly production that is written by members of the Office of Research. We produced 6 publications last year and disseminated throughout Stanford Health Care. Each newsletter focuses on a research expert from Stanford Nursing or the wider research community, a topical education subject, a research-focused ‘Spotlight’, and announcements. The Shared Leadership Research & Innovation Council has recently begun contributing to this publication. Click data shows these have been viewed over 2000 times. 

  • Office of Research taught evidence-based practice to two cohorts of Nurse Residents (45 students), resulting in the completion of 17 practice-related literature reviews. In addition, Office of Research personnel consulted staff with over 140 individual projects, leading to a record 11 Legacy Grant applications. The Office of Research is the lead coordinating team for this successful grant program, held in collaboration with the Nursing Alumnae Association and LPCH. 



The Office of Research is building on the traditions of academic nursing established over 100 years ago at Stanford University. The Stanford University Nurse Alumnae continue to support the nursing education and research-related activities at Stanford Health Care and contribute to the excellence of front-line clinical excellence.  

The Office of Research oversees a number of human subject research studies at Stanford Health Care. These projects often involve interprofessional collaborations, which include nurses, physical therapists, and physicians. We are currently enrolling subjects in a range of studies and continue to work with clinicians to explore options for future research.




On March 26 & 27 of 2018, a collaboration of 9 bay area hospitals, including Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, hosted Healthcare Con. – an interprofessional conference featuring over 36 podium presentations, 48 poster presentations, and 11 educational sessions with more than 300 attendees. We were privileged to host  Linda Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN & Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN as our keynote speakers last year.  

Participants Favorite:

  • Applying Non-Pharmalogical Pain Management Techniques for Procedural Pain on a Pediatric Acute Care Unit

Mahyar Jahanbakhs, MSN, RN, CPN and Alison Carley, BSN, RN-BC
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

1st Place: peer reviewed

  • Alleviating Moral Distress Among Nurses in A Medical Surgical ICU

Jonathan Trask RN, MS, CCRN
UC Davis Medical Center

2nd Place: peer reviewed 

  • Impact of a 3-day Antibiotic Renewal Request in a Community Hospital

Joseph Patrick  Styers, Pharm D

Join us at Stanford for the 2019 Healthcare Con. This year’s conference brings together interdisciplinary healthcare professionals to inspire, teach, and showcase novel approaches to transforming the future of healthcare. Reserve June 27-28th, 2019 for this two-day event to be held at the Arrillaga Alumni Center on the grounds of Stanford University.




In an effort to provide on-demand, high quality, information resources to nurses working at Stanford Health Care, Michelle Bass, Nursing Liaison from the Lane Medical Library, embarked on a revitalization of the library’s nursing portal page. Through using survey data and talking in person with many nursing stakeholders, the Stanford Nursing Lane Library Portal was assessed, revitalized and relaunched in 2018.  Access the portal at: to explore these world class resources. 

There are now two distinct nursing portals, one for SHC nurses focusing on resources for adult patient populations, and the other for LPCH nurses with materials focused on pediatric patient populations. There is overlap for many of the point-of-care tools and nursing literature databases. However, Michelle has tried to highlight databases, mobile applications, and diagnostic resources that will be of particular use to the SHC nursing community. This is a "living document” and content will be updated and amended as new resources are added to the collection. 


Please feel free to reach out to Michelle directly at with suggestions for additional materials you think should be highlighted on this portal. And as always, if you are interested in collaborating with Michelle on a literature review, please start by filling out the Literature Review request form: and learn more about the literature review service at



In 2018, Stanford Health Care became an Affiliate group of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), joining over 70 other organizations around the world, contributing to this mission through the conduct of systematic reviews and translation of research into practice at the bedside. The JBI is the international, not-for-profit research and development center associated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, in South Australia. The Institute was established in 1996 to improve the health status of the global population by facilitating the translation, transfer, and utilization of evidence-based nursing practice. 


What does ‘evidence’ mean? ...and, in particular, what does evidence mean in professional nursing practice?

How do we identify and access the

best evidence?

The primary goal of the Stanford Center for Translational Nursing Science is to improve clinical effectiveness and patient outcomes. The Stanford Affiliate will support a culture of inquiry by providing a forum for nurses to question current practice and identify gaps in meeting patient needs; resources to generate and synthesize evidence to address identified gaps; a platform for disseminating evidence throughout the organization and support for more global knowledge sharing; and by aligning evidence and clinical practice at the bedside.

Over the next 2 years the core group, led by Barbara Mayer, PhD, RN, Director of Professional Practice and Clinical Improvement and including Mary Lough, PhD, RN, CNS; Karla Schroeder, DNP, RN; Patrice Duhon, MSN, RN; Ann Mitchell, MSN, RN, CNS; and Stacy Serber, PhD, RN, CNS, will establish the Affiliate structure here at Stanford and complete our initial systematic reviews. Our long-term goal is to become a full Center of Excellence within JBI and to continue supporting evidence-based nursing practice.

The Joanna Briggs Institute aims to provide clinicians with the best available evidence to inform clinical decision-making at the point of care.

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@Stanford Nursing 2018