• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Alicia Culleiton, DNP, RN, CNE
Peer Reviewer(s): Marilyn Handley, PhD, RN, CNE
Item#: N1578
1 Course Book (44 pages)

Evidence-Based Practice: What Every Nurse Needs to Know

Price $14.95
Item # N1578
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

This course provides an overview of evidence-based practice (EBP) and how to incorporate it into daily nursing practice. EBP is a problem-solving approach whereby the best available evidence available from research is gathered and applied to patient care. After defining EBP, the course describes the steps of the EBP process. The course highlights how to formulate an appropriate clinical question and describes two types of questions: Background questions are generally related to pathology or physiology and provide core or general knowledge obtained from a textbook, whereas foreground questions are answered from scientific evidence. Next, nurses will learn how to find answers by systematically searching the published research literature. Research databases, types of research studies, and levels of evidence are described. Nurses will learn how to examine evidence through a process of critical appraisal that entails knowledge of research terminology, research designs, statistics, and data analysis. The next step is integrating the evidence with clinical expertise and patient values and preferences. The decision to transfer evidence to clinical practice is complex. Any decisions being made based on the evidence, whether at the patient level or institutional level, requires collaboration between patients, patients’ families, nursing staff, administration, and key stakeholders. Next is evaluation of the outcomes of the practice decision or a change based on the evidence, and the final step entails disseminating the EBP results. Common ways to disseminate successful initiatives include rounds in institutions, presentations, and publications. Learners are provided with multiple resources to further enhance their knowledge and EBP skill-sets. This course was developed for both the novice and experienced nurse working in all healthcare settings. 

Course Objectives
  • Describe evidence-based practice (EBP).
  • List the steps of the EBP process.
  • Recognize the need to incorporate evidence into practice and to disseminate the results to others.
Alicia Culleiton, DNP, RN, CNE, is an assistant clinical professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing. Consistent with her practice doctorate Dr. Culleiton integrates clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice in both the classroom and clinical settings. She currently teaches a doctoral-level evidence-based practice nursing course. Dr. Culleiton earned her BSN from the Catholic University of America her MSN in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate degree from Chatham University. She is published in nursing and educational journals. Her clinical expertise is in emergency/trauma and critical care nursing and she has 18 years of practice experience in these fields.
Marilyn Handley, PhD, RN, CNE received her BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her PhD in Nursing is from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Her clinical specialty is maternal-infant nursing where her experience includes the roles of a staff RN, head nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator for obstetrical areas in a large metropolitan teaching hospital and, currently, as an associate professor at the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her experience includes teaching undergraduate BSN students, students in the RN to BSN/MSN tracks, and graduate students. Dr. Handley has taught an evidence-based practice (EBP) course at CCN, and EBP is foundational to other courses she teaches.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.