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Instruments to Assess Organizational Readiness for Evidence-Based Practice

Newhouse, Robin P. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR

Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2010 - Volume 40 - Issue 10 - p 404-407
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181f2ea08
Departments: Evidence and the Executive

In this department, Dr Newhouse highlights hot topics in nursing outcomes, research, and evidence-based practice relevant to the nurse administrator. The goal is to discuss the practical implications for nurse leaders in diverse healthcare settings. Content includes evidence-based projects and decision making, locating measurement tools for quality improvement and safety projects, using outcome measures to evaluate quality, practice implications of administrative research, and exemplars of projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to organizational problems. In this article, the author discusses the importance of assessing the readiness of the organization in accelerating evidence-based practice initiatives and provides a description and references of potential instruments to measure organizational readiness.

Author Affiliation: Assistant Dean, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

Correspondence: School of Nursing, University of Maryland, 655 West Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.