Inside the program: Introducing staff to evidence-based practice

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, August 18, 2009

One of the biggest barriers to basing your organization's culture on evidence-based practice (EBP) and nursing research remains staff nurses' fears of the topic and belief that it has no relevance for their daily role in providing patient care.

Holding educational sessions that discuss the importance of EBP and its relevance to patient care can help staff nurses become comfortable and engaged with the topic. Here are eight questions staff nurses regularly have and that make good topics for discussion:

  • What is evidence-based practice?
  • Why is evidence-based practice important to me?
  • Why is evidence-based practice important to my patients and to our organization?
  • How do we find time for developing evidence-based practice projects?
  • How do I get started?
  • How do I undertake a literature search?
  • What resources do I need?
  • What resources are available?

Source: Adapted from Quick-E! Pro Evidence-Based Practice: A Guide for Nurses.

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