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J Nurs Adm. 2012 Jan;42(1):28-33. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31823c17f5.

Evidence-based practice councils: potential path to staff nurse empowerment and leadership growth.

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  • 1NYU College of Nursing, New York, NY 10003, USA. Ab.Brody@nyu.edu



This study aimed to examine the effects of participation in staff nurse-led practice councils on nurse job satisfaction and professional development.


Although evidence-based practice (EBP) has become a key component of improving the quality of care, few studies have examined how implementation of staff nurse led councils model affect the involved nurses.


A 3-stage evaluation involving ethnography, semi-structured phenomenological private interviews and a 10-item survey were conducted with nurses, managers and executives participating in or involved with EBP councils tasked with improving patient outcomes at 6 community hospitals in a single non-profit hospital system.


Five themes were identified as outcomes: empowerment, meaningfulness, leadership growth, exposure to quality improvement, and vision.


Staff-led councils have the potential to improve quality of care, job satisfaction, vision and leadership provided that managers and executives are sufficiently prepared to work with and support the councils.

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