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West J Nurs Res. 2011 Apr;33(3):345-64. doi: 10.1177/0193945910379218. Epub 2010 Aug 12.

An advanced educational program promoting evidence-based practice.

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Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care,University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA 52242-1009, USA. laura-cullen@uiowa.edu

Abstract

Evidence-based practice has led to improved health care quality and safety; greater patient, family, and staff satisfaction; and reduced costs. Despite these promising outcomes, use of evidence-based practice is inconsistent. The purpose of this article is to describe an advanced educational program for nurses in leadership roles responsible for guiding teams and mentoring colleagues through the challenges inherent in the evidence-based practice process. The Advanced Practice Institute: Promoting Adoption of Evidence-Based Practice is an innovative program designed to develop advanced skills essential for completing evidence-based practice projects and building organizational capacity for evidence-based practice programs. Learning is facilitated through group discussion, facilitated work time, networking, and consultation. Content includes finding and synthesizing evidence, learning effective strategies for implementation and evaluation, and discussing techniques for building an EBP program in the nurses' organization. Program evaluations are extremely positive, and the long-term impact is described.

PMID:
20705775
DOI:
10.1177/0193945910379218
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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