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A Practical Communication Strategy to Improve Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice

Diedrick, Lee A. MAN, RN, C-NIC; Schaffer, Marjorie A. PhD, RN; Sandau, Kristin E. PhD, RN, CNE

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: November 2011 - Volume 41 - Issue 11 - p 459-465
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182346e61

Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine if a consistent communication strategy for implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP), developed with input from staff nurses, improved staff nurse satisfaction with communication of practice changes.

Background: Integration of EBP knowledge into clinical practice supports optimal nursing care. Awareness of a practice change and the ability to reference the information may be problematic.

Methods: A quasi-experimental single group before-after design was used to survey all RNs of a level III neonatal ICU for satisfaction before and after implementation of the EBP communication strategy.

Results: Registered nurse satisfaction improved regarding the amount of communication (P < .001), frequency of communication (P < .014), method of communication (P < .001), and ease of finding information (P < .001).

Conclusion: A consistent strategy can improve nurse satisfaction with communication of EBP changes.

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Author Affiliations: Clinical Educator (Ms Diedrick), Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St Paul; and Professor of Nursing (Dr Schaffer), Associate Professor of Nursing (Dr Sandau), Bethel University, St Paul, Minnesota.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Diedrick, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, 345 Smith Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 (

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