Inside scoop from our experts: Encourage evidence-based practice projects

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, October 14, 2008

This week, a reader asks for ways to encourage staff to complete an evidence-based practice (EBP) project. Read the response below from our advisor Barbara Hannon, MSN, RN, CPHQ, coordinator for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

Q: What are a few ways to encourage staff to complete an EBP project?

A: The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® states that facilities should “demonstrate the integration and acculturation of EBP by direct-care nurses.” But encouraging staff nurses to complete an actual EBP project can be more difficult. So provide the following incentives to encourage them to complete a project:

  • Develop a protocol that allows time away from the bedside for staff nurses who want to perform an EBP project. This will allow them to develop ideas, find the research, and complete the project.
  • Have a contest where the winner will be sent to an evidence-based practice conference, all expenses paid.
  • Make it a goal to get one EBP project poster to a conference. Challenge direct care nurses involved in projects to be “that nurse” who presents his or her poster at a conference.
  • At the end of each year, give a prize for the best EBP project idea.
  • Bring in EBP experts from other facilities for a day-long conference and allow interested direct-care nurses to attend.

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