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  1. Larrabee, June H. PhD, RN
  2. Sions, Jacqueline MSN, RN, CNA, BC, CNOR
  3. Fanning, Mary MSN, RN, CCRN, CNAA, BC
  4. Withrow, Mary Lynne MSN, RN
  5. Ferretti, Andrea MSN, RN


Objective: The study evaluated a nursing research program designed to achieve systematic evidence-based practice change. Specifically, change in nurse attitudes about use of research and research conduct, practice change projects, and nurse participation in research-related activities were evaluated.


Background: Evidence indicates that successful evidence-based practice change in an organization requires senior leadership support and a systematic program for practice change. Evaluation of program effectiveness provides evidence about opportunities for further improvement.


Methods: Quantitative evaluation used a pretest-posttest design. The site was an academic medical center in rural West Virginia. Participants were registered nurses from all inpatients units, perioperative services, and emergency departments. Surveys used Alcock et al's Staff Nurses and Research Activities scale. Descriptive evaluation included the number of nurses who attended the workshop, practice change projects, scholarly products disseminated, and outcome of a Magnet review.


Results: First, knowledge about the availability of support services increased between 1999 and 2002 and was associated with higher attitude scores about research and research utilization. Second, registered nurses who reported participating in research-related activities had more positive scores on all attitudes than registered nurses who reported not participating.


Conclusions: Nurse leaders may improve participation and attitudes about research and research utilization by internally marketing the support available for research-related activities.