Tips from TSE: Discuss evidence-based practice in staff development with colleagues

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 27, 2009

Evidence-based practice (EBP) in the clinical setting is the process of making clinical decisions based on the most current and valid research data available. But it is also valuable to staff nurses and the organization to educate your staff development colleagues about why EBP is important in staff development, why they should be interested in using evidence to develop education, and how to evaluate effectiveness using evidence.

Here are some tips to use in EBP training sessions and anytime evidence in staff development is discussed:

  • Provide an adult learning environment: The education should not take place in a rushed, hurried atmosphere (e.g., at the end of a regular staff meeting). Make it special and encourage colleagues to ask questions and share concerns.
  • Ensure consistency of definitions: Make sure everyone is defining EBP in staff development (and what it entails) in the same way.
  • Identify advantages: These include being able to link education to improved job performance, better patient outcomes, and enhanced organizational success.

Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted from the April issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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