From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 21, 2010

Editor's note: Welcome to our new feature written by staff development expert Adrianne Avillion. Each week, Adrianne will write about an important issue in the area of staff development or answer reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Q: We are in the beginning stages of establishing a nursing research council. One of our first steps is to help nurses conduct literature reviews. Do you have any good resources to help develop an education program on this topic?

A: There are some key points to cover, so here are some ideas for content and some websites that give some good guidance.

First, you must define literature review for nurses. Explain that it involves a review of scholarly articles, books, etc., for the purpose of investigating a specific research question. Help them to evaluate each resource in terms of the subject, research question, author's qualifications, and author's objectivity. Give them examples of good and bad research articles and help them evaluate these articles in terms of the research process, sample size, and conclusions.

Here are some links that provide more information:

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