This is the fifth article in a new series about evidence-based practice (EBP) that builds on AJN's award-winning previous series—Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step—published between 2009 and 2011 (to access the series, go to http://links.lww.com/AJN/A133). This follow-up series features exemplars illustrating the various strategies that can be used to implement EBP changes—one of the most challenging steps in the EBP process.
The authors describe the planning and implementation of an evidence-based initiative that improved patient nutritional status and decreased readmission rates.
Lynn Gallagher-Ford is senior director and Sharon J. Tucker is the Grayce Sills Endowed Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and director of the Translational/Implementation Research Core, both at the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare at the Ohio State University College of Nursing in Columbus. Cynthia D. Beckett is director of the EBP Certificate Program and an assistant professor at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. The authors acknowledge Alejandra Figueroa, MA, LSS-GB, and Sheila Walsh, MPH, RD, LSS-BB, for their review of the manuscript. Contact author: Lynn Gallagher-Ford, firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.