The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare Inaugural Summit

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC


 

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC

Director, the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice; Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing; and Senior Director, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP at The Ohio State University.

Lynn Gallagher-Ford is director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, where her work is dedicated to research, education and consultation focused on the development, promotion, integration, implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practice in both academic and clinical settings. 

Gallagher-Ford’s clinical background in maternal-child health and nursing administration spans 30 years. She served in a variety of roles ranging from bedside clinician to chief nursing officer, in which she gained extensive experience and expertise in teaching and implementing evidence-based practice in real-world clinical settings. 

Gallagher-Ford is currently active as a consultant, facilitator and keynote presenter at national and international conferences and education programs.

She co-edited the book Implementing the EBP Competencies in Healthcare; A Practical Guide for Improving Quality, Safety & Outcomes.  

Her publications include co-authorship of multiple studies that have dramatically impacted the current body of knowledge about evidence-based practice and influenced strategic imperatives to address new challenges, including: 

  • A national survey of nurses in professional development that looked at current realities related to demographics, priorities, evidence-based practice attributes and competencies, benchmarked metrics and outcomes
  • A national survey of nurse executives that looked at current realities related to demographics, priorities, evidence-based practice attributes and investment, benchmarked metrics and outcomes
  • A Delphi study that established essential EBP competencies for practicing RNs and APNs
  • A national survey of U.S. nurses that revealed an updated assessment of “The State of Evidence-based Practice in U.S. Nurses: Critical Implications for Nurse Leaders and Educators”

She also contributed as a lead author in the American Journal of Nursing EBP Series, which received the Sigma Theta Tau Publication Award for 2011. 

She is the editor of the column “Implementing and Sustaining EBP in Real-World Healthcare Settings” in Worldviews On Evidence-based Nursing, which features best evidence-based strategies and innovative ideas on how to promote and sustain evidence-based practices and cultures in clinical organizations.

Gallagher-Ford’s research is focused on the science behind evidence-based practice, with particular focus on the influence of nurse leaders and contextual issues.

She was inducted into the National Academies of Practice and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in 2013.