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NURS 4900/4901: Nursing Capstone I & II

This guide supports the NURS 4900 and NURS 4901 courses at PennWest University.

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a problem solving approach to clinical practice and decision making within healthcare. EBP integrates a systematic search for and critical appraisal of the most relevant evidence to answer a clinical question, personal clinical expertise, and patient preferences and values (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2014). The EBP process allows the practitioner to assess research, clinical guidelines, and other information resources based on high quality findings and apply the results to practice.

Source: AMSN, Evidence-Based Practice


Steps in Evidence-Based Practice

The following are the basic key concepts of evidence-based practice:

  1. Ask a clinical question
  2. Search the published literature
  3. Appraise the articles
  4. Integrate the findings into your practice
  5. Evaluate the results
  6. Disseminate (share) your findings

Evidence-Based Practice Tutorial

Duke Health has created an Evidence-Based Practice Series for health care practitioners and students to provide a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice. The tutorial consists of six modules.

A text-based version of the tutorial is also available.

Additional Resources

Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model

"The Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice model for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals is a powerful problem-solving approach to clinical decision-making and is accompanied by user-friendly tools to guide individuals or groups through the EBP process."

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine

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