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Immersion in Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship Program: A Transforming Experience for Staff Nurses

Christenbery, Tom PhD, RN, CNE; Williamson, Amanda MSN, RN; Sandlin, Vicki MSN, RN; Wells, Nancy DNSc, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: January/February 2016 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 15–20
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000197

The aim of this study was to explore professional and personal changes staff nurses experience during and after a 1-year evidence-based practice program. Focus groups were conducted with staff who completed an evidence-based practice fellowship program. Five themes emerged from the focus groups: support, resources, knowledge, opportunity, and empowerment. A 1-year fellowship program provides essential elements needed for organizational structural empowerment. Sense of empowerment helps to explain outcomes of fellowship programs and successes of graduates.

Tom Christenbery, PhD, RN, CNE, is Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Amanda Williamson, MSN, RN, is Nurse Educator, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Vicki Sandlin, MSN, RN, is Research Nurse, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Nancy Wells, DNSc, RN, is Research Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Tom Christenbery, PhD, RN, CNE, Vanderbilt University, 461 21st Ave., South Nashville, TN 37240 (e-mail:

© 2016 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.