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Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice: Evidence-based Nursing

This guide is designed for graduate students in the nursing DNP progam

Recent articles about or using evidence-based practice

This is a list of recently published nursing articles that apply or discuss evidence-based nursing.

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Evidence-based Nursing Books

This is a sample of  books on evidence-based nursing. Use the library catalog to find additional titles.

What is Evidence Based Practice?

Evidence Based Practice StagesWHAT IS EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE?

The most common definition of EBP is taken from Dr. David Sackett, a pioneer in evidence-based practice. EBP is "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, 1996)

EBP is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care. Clinical expertise refers to the clinician's cumulated experience, education and clinical skills. The patient brings to the encounter his or her own personal and unique concerns, expectations, and values. The best evidence is usually found in clinically relevant research that has been conducted using sound methodology. (Sackett D, 2002)