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Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses

This course is offered by the VCU Health System Department of Education and Professional Development.

Contact Us

Walter Lewanowicz MN, BSc, RN-BC

Nurse Educator - Dept of Education & Professional Development

Childrens Pavilion - Room 2019

wlewanowicz@mcvh-vcu.edu

804-828-0022

 

Roy Brown MLIS, AHIP

Research and Education Librarian

rebrown2@vcu.edu

804-828-1592

Class Objectives

  1. Distinguish between evidence-based practice, research, and performance improvement.
  2. Describe the steps in the EBP process.
  3. Be able to formulate a searchable question using the PICO format.
  4. Be able to understand the basic rules of doing a good search utilizing various electronic resources and databases.  
  5. Be able to distinguish the various levels and quality of evidence.
  6. Begin to understand how to appraise research and non-research literature using the Johns Hopkins Nursing EBP tools.
  7. Gain an understanding of what is involved in the planning to translate the evidence into practice.

Agenda

Class 1: 

  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Resources Available at VCU.
  • Introduction to the Johns Hopkins Model of Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Types of Clinical Questions and How to Formulate a Searchable Question.

Class 2: 

  • Discussion of the basic rules of doing a good search in order to find quality evidence.
  • Introduction to the best databases and electronic resources for finding the best evidence.
  • Learn how to effectively search PubMed and CINAHL.

Class 3: 

  • Learn how to appraise research and non-research literature using the Johns Hopkins Nursing EBP tools.
  • Discuss the basics of what is involved in the planning to translate the evidence into practice.