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  1. Nelson-Brantley, Heather V. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K
  2. Chipps, Esther PhD, RN, NEA-BC


Increasingly, nurse executives are embracing evidence-based practice (EBP). Yet, it takes 17 years to move only 14% of research evidence into practice. Implementation science (IS) aims to reduce this gap through the study of factors that influence dissemination, adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions. Nurse leaders aiming for EBP must be well equipped to support IS. This article introduces IS, leadership competencies essential for supporting implementation research and practice, and preparing an IS-ready workforce.