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Inside scoop from our experts: Get your nurses interested in literature and research

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, July 15, 2008

This week, a reader asks how to get nurses to look at literature and research articles. Read the response from our advisor Barbara Hannon, MSN, RN, CPHQ, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program coordinator for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

Q: How do we get nurses to look at literature and research articles?

A: Developing a culture of evidence-based practice (EBP) in your facility is dependent on buy-in from all levels of nurses, including those who practice at the bedside. Nurses need to look at literature and research articles to conduct an EBP project. Here are three ways to help staff nurses become interested in and used to looking at literature and research articles:

  • Have each unit keep a loose-leaf notebook at the nurses station containing research articles on specific issues related to that unit’s unique patient population. Assign one nurse to add an article to the notebook each month.
  • Post an EBP bulletin board on the unit and challenge staff nurses to find and place research articles on the board. At the end of the month, put the names of all nurses who contributed articles into a hat and reward one for his or her contribution.
  • Have a librarian attend a unit staff meeting and give an in-service on how to conduct online searches on medical/nursing databases.

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