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Planning for Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice

Cullen, Laura MA, RN, FAAN; Adams, Susan L. PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 4 - p 222–230
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31824ccd0a

Expectations for evidence-based healthcare are growing, yet the most difficult step in the process, implementation, is often left to busy nursing leaders who may be unprepared for the challenge. Selecting from the long list of implementation strategies and knowing when to apply them are a bit of an “art,” matching clinician needs and organizational context. This article describes an application-oriented resource that nursing leaders can use to plan evidence-based practice implementation in complex healthcare systems.

Author Affiliations: Evidence Based Practice Coordinator (Ms Cullen), Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics; Investigator (Dr Adams), Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation Center, Iowa City VA Medical Center.

Correspondence: Ms Cullen, Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, 200 Hawkins Dr, RM T100 GH, Iowa City, IA 52242-1009 (

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.