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Advancing Evidence-Based Practice in Rural Nursing

Lenz, Brenda K. PhD, RN; Barnard, Pamela MSLS, AHIP

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: January-February 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p E14-E19
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e318194b6d0

The Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice is an organizational change model. Little research has been done using the model at rural hospitals. This pilot study examined evidence-based practice at a rural hospital. Data were collected pre and post staff development. Most nurses had limited prior understanding. At follow-up, they reported the need for ongoing support. The first steps of the Iowa Organizational Change Model, even after staff development, presented barriers.

The authors study evidence-based practice at a rural hospital.

Brenda K. Lenz, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Pamela Barnard, MSLS, AHIP, is Senior Knowledge Consultant, Allina Library Services, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Brenda K. Lenz, PhD, RN, St. Cloud State University, 720 4th Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN 56301 (e-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.