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Authors

  1. Newhouse, Robin PhD, RN, CNOR
  2. Dearholt, Sandra MS, RN
  3. Poe, Stephanie MScN, RN
  4. Pugh, Linda C. PhD, RNC
  5. White, Kathleen M. PhD, RN, CNAA, CMAC

Abstract

Organizations often do not have processes in place to support nurses through a systematic approach for developing and evaluating nursing interventions, protocols, critical pathways, and policies that are derived from scientific evidence. The development of a framework to guide inquiry will have a positive impact on patients. This process may foster a higher level of professional engagement by nurses that may, in the long-term, help improve nurse retention and recruitment. The authors discuss a nursing evidence-based practice model and guidelines that were developed by a team of hospital and academic nurse leaders and is practical and easy to use. This model has been successfully implemented across the department of nursing as a strategic initiative. Results of the implementation have shown that staff nurses can effectively use this model with the help of knowledgeable mentors.