Inside the program: Who should facilitate journal clubs?

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 10, 2009

One important way to meet expectations for evidence-based practice and research is by creating a journal club. A journal club consists of a group of nurses who meet regularly to discuss and critique research articles that appear in scientific journals. But who should facilitate journal clubs?

Often, a master’s-prepared nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or educator facilitates the journal club. Depending on the setting, however, any nurse or other healthcare provider with the knowledge and interest could act in that role. 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.

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s book Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: A Guide to Successful Implementation 


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