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Evidence-based expert: Accelerate your classroom with these tips

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, December 5, 2008

This week's experts, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, talk about the importance of journal clubs to an organization's success with evidence-based practice.

Q. What is a journal club? How do they contribute to the success of evidence-based practice?

A. A journal club consists of a group of nurses (or other members of the healthcare team) who meet regularly to discuss and critique research articles appearing in scientific journals. Creating one is a good way to get started in evidence-based nursing practice. Journal clubs provide nurses with the opportunity and skills to read and critically evaluate current research and to determine its applicability to their practice area.

The journal club's goals may vary by setting. In the beginning, a goal might be to learn how to appraise research and other evidence-based practice articles critically. Later goals may include keeping up to date with current research in the field or evaluating current practice based on the evidence related to a particular issue.

All educational levels of nursing preparation should be encouraged to participate, and nurses who participate in journal clubs often become champions for evidence-based practice in their settings.  

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