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Balancing Innovation and Evidence

Pilcher, Jobeth W. EdD, RN-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: March/April 2015 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 100–105
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000135

Nurse educators are encouraged to use evidence to guide their teaching strategies. However, evidence is not always available. How can educators make decisions regarding strategies when data are limited or absent? Where do innovation and creativity fit? How can innovation be balanced with evidence? This article provides a discussion regarding other sources of evidence, such as extrapolations, theories and principles, and collective expertise. Readers are encouraged to review the options and then analyze how they might be applied to innovation in education.

Jobeth W. Pilcher, EdD, RN-BC, is NPD Specialist, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas, Texas.

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Jobeth W. Pilcher, EdD, RN-BC, 8992 Texas Trail, Terrell, TX 75160 (e-mail:

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