From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 1, 2012

Editor’s note: This feature is written by nursing professional development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of professional development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Template for administrative reports

We’ve been talking about evidence-based monitoring for nursing professional development (NPD) departments. How you present your evidence is critical. Whether you present your findings in writing or verbally you need to be concise and make an impact. All of us receive more than enough materials to read. We don’t have time (nor will our colleagues take the time) to read lengthy documents. The same concept goes for verbal presentations. How many times have we squirmed and kept glancing at our watches in meetings as a colleague makes what seems to be an endless report that could have been presented in a few choice sentences?

You need to use some type of template that summarizes your key findings. Using a template will also help keep all members of the NPD department “on track” when presenting information during department staff meetings. An example of such a template can be found at the Leaders' Lounge blog.

Using this type of format allows you to quickly show not only how and why you made programming decisions based on available evidence but the positive impact education had on a specific patient outcome. There is no guess-work. All comments are "backed up" by evidence. 

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