Beyond the Bedside: Nurse Scientist

February 06, 2019

Beginning in 2019, Best in the West will explore a variety of careers in nursing, a segment we call “Beyond the Bedside." We look forward to your feedback.

The nurse scientist helps support scholarly activities in clinical settings, including use of evidence, conducting research, interpreting research findings, assisting with writing manuscripts, creating scientific posters, writing abstracts, and performing data analysis, both statistical and qualitative. Nurse scientists often develop and lead nursing research felllowships or evidence-based practice programs. They generally work with nurses at all levels and often collaborate with CNOs, Nursing Directors, Department Leaders, and Interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative educational programs.

Elizabeth SchenkAt the Providence St. Joseph Health Nursing Institute, we are fortunate to have Nurse Scientist Elizabeth “Beth” Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC. Beth works tirelessly on many initiatives ranging from leading the Nursing Research and Clinical Scholarship group to chairing the Green 4 Good Champions at Providence St. Patrick Hospital, and many others in between.

Beth was recently selected as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow. You can read more about this designation in this issue’s PSJH Nurses in the News section.

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