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Orange Park: Evidence-Based Nursing

Steps of Evidence-Based Practice

Steps of Evidence Based Practice

  1. Ask a clinical question
  2. Acquire the evidence EBP resources
  3. Appraise the evidence
  4. Apply the information
  5. Assess the results

What is Evidence-Based Nursing?

What is Evidence Based Nursing?

Evidence based nursing is a part of the larger scope of evidence based practice.  One of the most common defintions of evidence based practice comes from Dr. David Sackett. He describes EBP as:

"...the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research." 

Sackett, D. Evidence-based Medicine - What it is and what it isn'tBMJ 1996; 312:71-72.


The following diagram can help illustrate the components that go into evidence based practice:

Schardt, C., & Mayer, J. (2010). Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine.  


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AJN series on EBN

AJN Series on EBN

Nursing Best Practice Guidelilnes

RNAO Best practice Guidelines

50 best practice guidelines for client care developed by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

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