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Authors

  1. Toole, Belinda M. MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS
  2. Stichler, Jaynelle F. DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
  3. Ecoff, Laurie PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  4. Kath, Lisa PhD

Abstract

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a mandate for nursing practice. Education on EBP has occurred in academic settings, but not all nurses have received this training. The authors describe a randomized controlled pretest/posttest design testing the differences in effectiveness of two educational methods to improve nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and practice of EBP. Results indicated both methods improved self-reported practice. On the basis of the study findings, staff development educators can select the teaching method that best complements their organizational environment.