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Evidence-Based Practice Portfolio

The goal of this guide is to provide nurses a resource to understand and carryout the steps of performing an evidence-based practice (EBP) project.

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Updated: October 2, 2018 

The First Step: Choosing A Mentor

If your experience with evidence-based practice (EBP)  is limited or it has been a while since you have participated in a project, it is a good idea to identify a mentor to help you move through the steps more effectively.  This person will become your point of contact as you move through the process and will be the person you talk with at each designated stop in the process in order ensure that your project is moving forward as it should and is of the best quality possible. 

Some possible sources for mentors are:  

Nurse Manager

Nurse Clinician

Clinical Coordinator

Resident Facilitator

Clinical Nurse III, IV or V

Evidence-Based Practice Program Scholars 

You should meet with your nurse clinician or nurse manager, even if they are not your mentor for the project.  These meetings should take place when you first begin the project and throughout the time you work on the project.  Your nurse clinician/ nurse manager will help to ensure that the project is in line with unit goals and should also be able to help to identify unit resources that could be used to ensure the success of the project. 

If at any point you have a question that your mentor or others on your unit cannot answer, please contact the appropriate council or committee within the hospital to answer your question and guide you through the process.  The contact for these groups is provided under the “Who to Contact with Questions" tab.