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AACN Advanced Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.AACN.0000330384.64637.14
Symposium Evidence-Based Practice: Strategies for Success

Translation to Practice: Developing an Evidence‐Based Practice Nurse Internship Program

Selig, Patricia M. PhD, RN, FNP; Lewanowicz, Walter MN, RN

Section Editor(s): Chulay, Marianne

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Abstract

Creating a culture of inquiry in which nurses are engaged in the pursuit of the best evidence to support nursing practice ultimately improves patient care and clinical outcomes. So, how do we do that? Implementation of an evidence-based practice nurse internship program has proven to be a key ingredient for success in stimulating critical thinking and subsequent analysis of the evidence behind nursing practice. A pragmatic approach to developing and sustaining an evidence-based practice nurse internship program can be a helpful guide for those who are considering a similar proposition. The recruitment process, education, clinical projects, and lessons learned are detailed in this article as a resource to nursing colleagues in the spirit of professional growth.

© 2008 American Association of Critical–Care Nurses

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