Using Evidence Across the Continuum: Elevating Patient Care



Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing. Dr. Zenk studies how the environments where we live, work and play impact health behaviors, especially diet and physical activity, and contribute to socioeconomic and racial/ethnic inequities in health, with the goal of identifying behavioral, environmental and policy approaches to improve population health and eliminate inequities.


Jason Purcell, MSN, RN, CCTN, NE-BC, BC is a certificate holder in fundamental of Magnet and is the director of professional practice at St. Luke’s Hospital, part of the BJC Collaborative, in Kansas City, Missouri. St. Luke’s is a three-time Magnet recipient. Jason will discuss their health system’s nursing research and evidence-based practice program that supports and encourages clinical nurses to translate research to practice.


0800-0830 Registration (light lunch and snacks are included)
0830-0845 Opening Remarks: Using Evidence Across the Continuum
0845-1000 Keynote Speaker: Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
1000-1030 Break and Poster Viewing with Presenters
1030-1200 Podium Presentations
1200-1245 Lunch and Static Poster Viewing
1245-1345 Keynote Speaker:Jason Purcell, MSN, RN, CCTN, NEA-BC
1345-1415 Podium Presentation
1415-1430 Break
1430-1530 Breakout Sessions (please select one)
• Fundamental of Statistics (Collin Hitt, PhD – Room 1A)
• Distinguishing between Research, EBP, & QI
(Jennifer Bond, MS, RN, CCRN-K – Room 2A)
1530-1615 Facilitated Poster Breakout Session
1615-1630 Closing Remarks and Evaluations


In its 23rd year, this conference will focus on research across the continuum and elevating patient care. Focusing on real-world issues, podium and poster presenters will showcase their work in research and evidence-based practice. This year we will be having a breakout session where you can select a presentation on either fundamentals of statistics or tips on how to distinguish between research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement. Join us as we celebrate our 23rd year and learn how to elevate patient care through research and evidence-based practice.


Upon completion of this program, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify strategies that facilitate translation of research into practice.
  • Describe nursing research advancements that impact quality care outcomes across the continuum.
  • Identify evidence-based practice nursing strategies that improve community and patient outcomes. 


Due to limited seating, prompt registration is recommended. Non-Memorial employees need to register online. Memorial employees can register through HealthStream. REGISTRATION FEE: (Payment at Door – Cash or Check)

$65 General conference fee
$50 Active members of Nu Pi-at-Large, STTI
$50 Graduate nursing students
FREE Memorial employees
FREE Pre-licensure student nurses

For questions regarding program content and registrations, please contact Jill Chamberlain at 217–757–7883.


6.0 continuing education hours have been applied for this event through provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-0356-2230418). Co Sponsored by Nu Pi-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Registration for this event is closed.


  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St., Springfield

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