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evidence-based practice, online education, reverse engineering, RN-to-BSN program, teaching method



  1. Gary, Jodie C. PhD, RN
  2. Hudson, Cindy E. DNSc, RN, CNE, PHCNS-BC


This article describes an innovative approach to introducing RN-to-BSN students to nursing research and evidence-based practice (EBP). Reverse engineering updates an existing EBP project to better emphasize the role of research and evidence to practicing RNs enrolled in an RN-to-BSN program. Reverse engineering of a nursing practice guideline offers a method for teaching an appreciation of research and supporting nursing practice with best evidence.