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J Pediatr Nurs. 2013 Jul-Aug;28(4):374-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2012.08.001. Epub 2012 Sep 6.

Brief report: Creating a culture of evidence-based practice and nursing research in a pediatric hospital.

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Nursing Education, Clinical Practice and Research, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.


Evidence-based practice and nursing research are fundamental to the profession of nursing. However, enculturating these processes into daily nursing practice presents challenges. In an effort to identify these challenges specific to our organization's nursing division, the Barriers to Nursing Research survey was distributed to staff nurses (n=239) to assess barriers in utilizing evidence-based practice and research in their daily practice. Based on these findings, our Evidence-Based Practice/Research Council developed a dissemination plan to be implemented over a 1 year time period that provided staff resources to implement evidence-based practice and nursing research. Upon completion of the year long implementation period, the same Barriers to Nursing Research survey was redistributed to staff (n=157). Pre and post survey results were compared for significance. Outcomes included an increase in projects, nurse driven research, and national presentations and publications.

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