Evidence-based expert: Encourage nurses to learn through research

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 16, 2009

This week's experts, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, explain how educators can ensure they have support for evidence-based practice programs from hospital leadership.

Q. How can I ensure that my hospital's leaders will support my efforts to implement evidence-based practice?

A. Nursing leadership must strongly support both making changes and adopting evidence-based practice. Here are several questions you should ask nursing leaders:

  • Does my chief nurse executive believe in and demonstrate commitment to evidence-based practice?
  • How does the chief nurse executive demonstrate support?
  • How does the organizational culture support evidence-based practice
  • What resources are offered within the nursing library and electronically?
  • How is information about evidence-based nursing practice currently being disseminated to the bedside nurse?
  • Are we an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® facility or are we applying for  designation? And does adequate support for nursing research exist?

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