The ability to perform professional scrutiny is a required component of autonomous practice, and the ability to use science to guide care delivery is a hallmark of professional practice. The cardiovascular intensive care unit staff initiated a forum for peer review to encourage the use of the best available evidence to guide system and practice changes. A focus group was formed, resulting in development and implementation of a specific process for regular cycles of nursing mortality and morbidity (M & M) conferences, a journal club, and interdisciplinary educational sessions in staff meetings. After performing several cycles, the team observed interdisciplinary practice changes that improved patient care delivery. Thus, cycles of nursing M & M conferences, a journal club, and educational sessions can help support patient safety, enhance professional autonomy, and foster evidence-based interdisciplinary practice in the cardiovascular intensive care setting.

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