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Evidence-Based Nursing Leadership: Evaluation of a Joint Academic-Service Journal Club

Duffy, Joanne R. PhD, RN, FAAN; Thompson, Diane MS, RN; Hobbs, Terry MSA, RN; Niemeyer-Hackett, Nancy Lee BSN, RN; Elpers, Susan BSN, RN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2011 - Volume 41 - Issue 10 - p 422-427
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31822edda6

This article describes the importance of evidence-based nursing leadership in the development and evaluation of a joint academic-service nursing leadership journal club. The use of scientific evidence and the embracing of an environment of continuous learning are essential to quality practice; however, nursing leadership has been slow to apply evidence-based practice to their own work. A noontime monthly meeting schedule, incentivized by lunch, was organized as a nursing leadership journal club. Articles were selected and reviewed monthly, and the process was formally evaluated using a written evaluation at the end of year 1. Eighteen articles were appraised by the group with 6 topics identified. Positive results included increased knowledge, competence of the leader, and attainment of goals. Recommendations include revision of goals, plans to share leadership of the group, development of a rigorous evaluation of outcomes, and dissemination of findings. The journal club was valuable in increasing awareness of nursing leadership research, promoting leadership development, and improving competence in the performance of research appraisals. Process improvement and further study are needed to increase understanding regarding the benefits of leadership journal clubs.

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Duffy), School of Nursing, Indiana University, Bloomington; Vice President and CNO (Ms Thompson), Nursing and Patient Care Services, Manager of Clinical Operations (Mr Hobbs), MPCU/IUH Lift Team, Indianapolis, Indiana; Bone Marrow Transplant Service Line Manager (Ms Niemeyer-Hackett), MICU Clinical Manager (Ms Elpers), Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Duffy, School of Nursing, Indiana University, 1111 Middle Dr, NU 463, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (

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