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  1. Christenbery, Tom PhD, RN, CNE
  2. Williamson, Amanda MSN, RN
  3. Sandlin, Vicki MSN, RN
  4. Wells, Nancy DNSc, RN


The aim of this study was to explore professional and personal changes staff nurses experience during and after a 1-year evidence-based practice program. Focus groups were conducted with staff who completed an evidence-based practice fellowship program. Five themes emerged from the focus groups: support, resources, knowledge, opportunity, and empowerment. A 1-year fellowship program provides essential elements needed for organizational structural empowerment. Sense of empowerment helps to explain outcomes of fellowship programs and successes of graduates.