Ask the expert: Research and evidence-based practice--spread the word

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 15, 2009

This week, Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS, share ways to disseminate research and evidence-based practice (EBP) efforts.

Q: How can I publicize research and EBP information to educate nurses?

A: Some healthcare organizations have established a research or evidence-based practice bulletin board, which can be as simple as a cork board on each of the nursing units with a nursing research title or a specially created board with holders for handouts.

You can also create a nursing research “corner” on each clinical unit to serve as a method of distributing and communicating research topics to staff nurses. This corner might be a shelf or table within each unit’s break room where articles, newsletters, and other materials can be distributed. The research council minutes can be distributed via e-mail, via hardcopy, or on a research board.

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