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A guide for locating nursing information resources for nursing education, practice and research.

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-Based Nursing is, “an ongoing process by which evidence, nursing theory and the practitioners’ clinical expertise are critically evaluated and considered, in conjunction with patient involvement, to provide delivery of optimum nursing care for the individual . 

EBN is an approach to practice that is intended to improve the safety and effectiveness of nursing care and practices.

EBP graphic illustration

The 5 Steps of EBP

Evidence-based practice consists of five steps:

ASSESS the patient

ASK a searchable clinical question

ACQUIRE the best evidence to answer the question

APPRAISE the evidence

APPLY to the patient

Also consider the type of question you are asking and determine what study type might be most relevant. 

Most Clinical Questions:  
Meta-analyses, systematic reviews
Randomized Controlled Trial
Diagnosis:  Prospective, blind controlled trial compared to gold standard
Prognosis:  Cohort study, case control, case series/case report

A collection of articles from American Journal of Nursing were developed to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time.