13 Sep 2018
A nurse for over 34 years and a board-certified nurse practitioner since 1998, Dr Anne Dabrow Woods is still inspired today by what inspired her at the start of her career – the art of nursing.
Dr Woods is Chief Nurse of the Health, Learning, Research and Practice division of Wolters Kluwer. She visited Christchurch from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this month to talk about the importance of using evidence to inform nursing practice.
Caring for people when they are at their most vulnerable is what lies at the heart of nursing, says Dr Woods. “It is our duty to provide patients with the best possible care and to do that we need to use the best available evidence, accessible when and where we need it. It’s a balance between evidence-based research, clinical expertise and patient preference. When we get the balance right, we get the best outcomes for our patients.”
Using real-life examples and staying firmly focused on the patient, Dr Woods talked about the importance of being able to access the right information at the right time. “We have to admit that we can’t possibly know it all. We need to look things up, but time is always an issue. We need access to information at the point of care, when we may only have 30 seconds to a few minutes to get what we need. We also need information for reference when we might have 20 minutes to spare between taking care of our patients, and we need information for learning when we have bigger chunks of time to focus on professional development.”
Dr Woods still practises on the weekends as an acute care nurse practitioner at Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital – as well as speaking globally on a variety of clinical topics. Hosted here by the South Island Workforce Development Hub, she presented to nurses and other health care providers from across the South Island.
Many attendees were already familiar with Lippincott Procedures, a point of care resource that provides access to over 1,700 evidence-based procedures and skills in a variety of specialty settings. The New Zealand Instance of Lippincott Procedures is now used in 14 of our 20 district health boards (DHBs), including all five South Island DHBs. There is also a large number of smaller organisations using Lippincott, including aged residential care facilities, general practices, non-government organisations, hospices and tertiary institutions.
In conjunction with Dr Woods’ visit, representatives from Wolters Kluwer were here to produce a video case study about the New Zealand Instance of Lippincott, which will be made available as soon as it is released.
 Wolters Kluwer is a global information company that produces and publishes Lippincott journals, practice and education books, information and software products, products from the Joanna Briggs institute, Lippincott, Lippincott Solutions, Ovid Technologies, and UpToDate.