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Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31823c17f5
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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

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Abstract

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.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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