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Ask the expert: Classroom education: Evidence-based practice

Nurse Leader Insider, December 20, 2010

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This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, gives helpful ways to introduce evidence-based practice into classroom education with exercises that promote active participation.


Q: How do I incorporate evidence-based practice into my staff orientation?


A: It’s important for learners to understand and participate in evidence-based practice initiatives, of which research critiquing is a huge part.


As part of an introduction, ask learners to identify at least two questions they have about practice initiatives on their respective units. (The reason for identifying two questions is to give two options for data collection. Since this is a time-limited endeavor in the classroom, they may not be able to find enough evidence pertaining to one question. Having a back-up question gives them another option.) These questions are essentially asking, “Why do we do what we do?” There may be questions about specific treatment interventions, ethical dilemmas, or staffing ratios. There may be questions about links between educational preparation and patient outcomes. They have the freedom to ask about whatever motivates them.


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