Clinical nurses' knowledge of evidence-based practice: constructing a framework to evaluate a multifaceted intervention for implementing EBP.

Bernice Mott, Joanne Nolan, Nadia Zarb, Vanessa Arnison, Roxan Chan, Tracey Codner, Therese Casey, Bronwyn Jenkins, Georgiana Ulrych, Christine Blackburn, Linda Glanfield, Elizabeth Halcomb, Patricia M. Davidson

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Abstract

Critical reflection upon nursing practice is pivotal in achieving optimal patient outcomes. Implicit in this statement is knowledge about and an understanding of the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP). This study sought to evaluate baseline knowledge in order to assess and inform a multifaceted intervention to promote EBP in a multi-site facility in Western Sydney, Australia. On two consecutive days in February 2003, a convenience sample of 229 nurses were surveyed using a five-item, investigator developed, written survey tool. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. Although the majority of respondents (n = 143: 62%) stated that they were aware of EBP, a considerable number (n = 86: 38%) stated they had not previously heard of the term. Of concern, 43% (n = 99) of respondents were unable to identify a source of information and resources about EBP. The results of this observational, descriptive survey underscore the importance of ongoing strategic interventions to improve knowledge, access and implementation of EBP amongst clinical nurses. This study also provides baseline data upon which to evaluate local interventions to promote knowledge of EBP amongst clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-104
Number of pages9
JournalContemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession
Volume19
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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