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No Journals, No Evidence-Based Practice

Research Inaccessibility Affects Many Nurses

Rogers, Melanie MPH, RN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 6 - p 309
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000573

It is a significant challenge to maintain up-to-date knowledge for evidence-based practice when so many nurses have lost access to research publications via the health library after graduation from nursing school. Nurses may be practicing based on out-of-date information. There is risk of harm to patients when nurses are unable to access and evaluate evidence for recommendations for high-quality nursing care. In this guest editorial, Melanie Rogers explains the problem and offers several viable solutions. She has launched a campaign about this topic on Twitter: #NoJournalsNoEBP @MRogersRN.

Melanie Rogers is a Public Health Nurse at Jefferson County Public Health, Lakewood, CO. She can be reached via e-mail at and on Twitter @MRogersRN, #NoJournalsNoEBP.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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