Martha G. Titler speaks at Nurse Scholar Lecture

Healthy Times, Fall 2003

Photo (left to right) : Mary White, president of Lamda Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau; Barbara Hertzler, senior vice president of Patient Care Services, Trinity Health; Marita Titler, Distinguished Nurse Scholar; Suzanne Mellon, dean of the College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing; and Judith Lewis, associate dean of the McAuley School of Nursing.


Ninety-four registered nurses and student nurses attended the McAuley School of Nursing’s Eleventh Annual Distinguished Nurse Scholar Lecture, October 21, in UDM’s Ward Conference Center. Guest lecturer Marita G. Titler spoke on "Evidence-Based Practice: Challenges and Opportunities."

As director of Research, Quality and Outcomes Management in the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Titler has extensive experience with evidence-based practice (EBP), and is a frequent guest lecturer on the topic.

During her talk, Titler discussed the benefits of making health care decisions based on research such as improved patient outcomes, decreased costs, and staff retention. She also described the role of nurse leaders and nurse educators in promoting EBP in the practice setting.

Titler also spoke at an afternoon presentation on "Teaching Evidence-Based Practice" for McAuley School of Nursing faculty. She provided numerous resources for faculty to learn more about EBP and examples of how to integrate EBP into both the baccalaureate and graduate-level nursing programs.