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Evidence-Based Practice Councils: Potential Path to Staff Nurse Empowerment and Leadership Growth

Brody, Abraham Aizer PhD, RN, GNP-BC; Barnes, Kathi MS, RN, CNS, NEA-BC; Ruble, Cheryl MS, RN, CNS; Sakowski, Julie PhD

Journal of Nursing Administration: January 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - p 28–33
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31823c17f5

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

Background: 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.

Methods: 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.

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

Conclusions: 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.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor, NYU College of Nursing (Dr Brody); Director, Professional Development and NursingResearch, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California (Ms Barnes); Clinical Transformation Director, Mills Peninsula Medical Center, Burlingame, California (Ms Ruble); and Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of California and Executive Director, Center for Translational and Policy Research in Personalized Medicine, San Francisco California (Dr Sakowski).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Brody, NYU College of Nursing, 726 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York NY 10003 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.