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Strategies to Promote

Strategies to promote evidence-based practice / evidence-informed decision-making by nurses

Strategies include, but are not limited to:

  • provide nurses with “access to a rich library with nursing and medical journals” (Eizenberg, 2011, p. 33), such as NurseONE.ca;
  • provide nurses with “opportunities for working with a computer and for searching the Internet in the workplace” (Eizenberg, 2011, p. 33);
  • “system support for searching and reading professional literature” (Eizenberg, 2011, p. 40);
  • implementation of a virtual journal club (Lehna, Berger,Truman, Goldman & Topp, 2010);
  • “provide nurses with access to evidence-based practice resources via mobile information technologies” (Doran et al, 2010, p. 4);
  • implement an EBP mentorship programme with EBP mentors who are “skilled in both EBP and organizational culture and change” (Wallen et al, 2010, p. 2762);
  • support nurses to acquire the skills needed to read, evaluate and critically appraise evidence (Eizenberg, 2011);
  • establish leadership, a coherent change strategy, and relationships between point of care providers and managers (Baeza, Fitzgerald & McGivern, 2008);
  • nurse managers act as role models (Van Patter Gale & Schaffer, 2009, p. 95);
  • nurse managers “provide the resources and the support for the work and celebrate success with recognition of unit staff “(Van Patter Gale & Schaffer, 2009, p. 92);
  • designate a champion who is “accessible to the nurses, along with other leaders and innovators who can answer questions and reinforce the practice change “(Van Patter Gale & Schaffer, 2009, p. 96); and
  • involve the “clinical educator as a part of the support system of the EBP change” (Van Patter Gale & Schaffer, 2009, p. 96).