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Evidence-based Practice: A Practical Approach to Implementation

Newhouse, Robin PhD, RN, CNOR; Dearholt, Sandra MS, RN; Poe, Stephanie MScN, RN; Pugh, Linda C. PhD, RNC; White, Kathleen M. PhD, RN, CNAA, CMAC

Journal of Nursing Administration: January 2005 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 35–40
Articles: Public Policy and the Nursing Shortage

Organizations often do not have processes in place to support nurses through a systematic approach for developing and evaluating nursing interventions, protocols, critical pathways, and policies that are derived from scientific evidence. The development of a framework to guide inquiry will have a positive impact on patients. This process may foster a higher level of professional engagement by nurses that may, in the long-term, help improve nurse retention and recruitment. The authors discuss a nursing evidence-based practice model and guidelines that were developed by a team of hospital and academic nurse leaders and is practical and easy to use. This model has been successfully implemented across the department of nursing as a strategic initiative. Results of the implementation have shown that staff nurses can effectively use this model with the help of knowledgeable mentors.

Nurse Researcher and Assistant Professor (Dr Newhouse); Coordinator, Nursing Practice (Ms Dearholt); Coordinator, Nursing Clinical Quality (Ms Poe); Associate Professor and Director for Baccalaureate Program (Dr Pugh); Associate Professor and Director for Faculty Practice (Dr White), Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Md.

Corresponding author: Dr White, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 525 N Wolfe St, Room 418, Baltimore, MD 21205 (

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.