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evidence-based practice, nursing research, organizational culture, translational research



  1. Barnsteiner, Jane H. PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Reeder, Vanetta Cheeks MSN, RN, CNOR
  3. Palma, Wendy H. RN, CCRN
  4. Preston, Ave Maria MSN, RN, CWOCN
  5. Walton, Mary K. MSN, RN


Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an evolutionary step in the nursing model of excellence in professional practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A healthcare culture focused on excellence and world-class patient care requires that nursing research and EBP are integrated into the professional practice model and nursing care delivery. To achieve this, it requires the development of staff expertise, time allocation for staff to participate in scholarly activities, resources that support EBP and research, and expert consultants in EBP and nursing translational research. This article describes the systems and structures in place to provide staff with resources in order to translate research and deliver EBP and the multiple initiatives in disseminating evidence to the point of care.