A PART OF OFFICE OF RESEARCH PATIENT CARE SERVICES
The Office of Research facilitates clinical, translational and health services research at Stanford Health Care.
Mission: To Care, To Educate, To Discover
Vision: Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time.
Values: Innovation, Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Discovery, Integrity, Teamwork
Our team is comprised of PhD-prepared research scientists, nurse scientists, business, project and administrative specialists, and an executive leader. The core functions of the office are:
Research in Nursing and Patient Care Services
The Office of Research conducts studies on the process and outcomes of care delivered by nurses and patient care services professionals. This involves collaboration with clinical staff in research development, implementation, analysis, and dissemination. You can read more about the research conducted by our scientists in the Discovery Newsletter publications and archive.
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The Office of Research closely works with Nursing Excellence in supporting nursing inquiry as part of the Magnet journey.
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Clinical Trial Facilitation
The Office of Research (ORPCS) supports and facilitates clinical trials in partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine (SOM). It involves ensuring nursing engagement in the administrative oversight of the study and protection of human subjects. Working in conjunction with a transdisciplinary team and hospital-wide stakeholders, the Office of Research fosters collaboration amongst Patient Care Services (PCS) departments and Physician-led clinical trials and research studies from the SOM. In supporting clinical trials, the ORPCS team assist by providing oversight and direction with an assembly of operational components including:
- Trial intake, review, and facilitation
- Appropriate study placement
- Staffing considerations
- Training and education
- Financial oversight for PCS
- Help maintain research integrity and patient safety
- General operational oversight
Clinical & Human Subject Research
The Office of Research oversees a number of human subject research studies administered at Stanford Health Care. These projects often involve interprofessional collaborations, which include nurses, physical therapists, and physicians from the care team. ORPCS is currently enrolling subjects in a range of studies and continue to work with clinicians to explore options for future research.
Magnet New Knowledge & Innovation
Stanford Health Care is a Magnet designated organization. We have applied for our fourth Magnet Designation in 2020. One Magnet section is titled: New Knowledge, Innovations, & Improvements. The New Knowledge describes research conducted by clinical nurses and by nurse scientists.
For the 2020 application, three Magnet Exemplars were published to describe the spectrum of clinical nursing research at Stanford Health Care. One exemplar by a nurse Scientist and two exemplars that included clinical nurses as co-authors.
Stanford Health Care has developed a variety of initiatives to increase clinical nurses’ participation in research. These initiatives include research classes, sponsored research hours, mentoring by nurse scientists, competitive internal funding opportunities and dissemination of news about research opportunities through the Research and Innovation Council in Shared Leadership.
Research & Innovation Council (RIC) - Shared Leadership
The Research and Innovation Council, sub-council of Shared Leadership, is responsible for the promotion of evidence-based practice, new technology, and innovation to assure excellent patient care. This council fosters investigative role development by creating a culture of clinical inquiry, by assisting staff with the research process and by disseminating the findings of investigative activities and innovative initiatives. The council objectives include:
1. Build capacity for research and innovation to advance clinical excellence.
2. Provide guidance for evidence-based practice projects conducted by patient care staff.
3. Develop educational, consultative and supportive resources for staff to promote their roles as scientists.
4. Respond to emerging clinical issues by providing resources and consultation.
5. Recognize and disseminate the findings of investigative projects conducted by staff through posters, presentations and publications.
6. Continue alignment with Magnet expectations.
Participants: Chair, Chair-Elect, one approved member from every unit-based council, Advisors, and Ad Hoc Members.