Evidence-based nursing: Clarifying the concepts for nurses in practice

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/92272
Title:
Evidence-based nursing: Clarifying the concepts for nurses in practice
Authors:
Scott, K. (Kay); McSherry, R. (Rob)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. School of Health and Social Care.
Citation:
Scott, K. and McSherry, R. (2009) 'Evidence-based nursing: Clarifying the concepts for nurses in practice', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 (8), pp.1085-1095.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Issue Date:
Apr-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/92272
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02588.x
Abstract:
Aim: To provide a critical analysis of key concepts associated with evidence-based nursing (EBN) to substantiate an operational definition for nurses to use in practice. Background: Despite the plethora of literature surrounding what evidence-based nursing is and is not and how it differs from its cousins, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice, nurses still struggle to get evidence into practice. Several reasons for this have been reported, for example, a lack of understanding about what evidence-based nursing means or time to engage with and apply the evidence into practice. Design: An in-depth critical review and synthesis of literature was undertaken. Method: Using the key words; evidence-based nursing, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice 496 articles were yielded. These articles were limited to 83. Using Burns and Grove’s (2001) phased approach to reviewing the literature the articles were critically reviewed and categorised into key concepts and themes. Results: The in-depth critical review and synthesis of the literature demonstrated that evidence-based nursing could be defined as a distinct concept. The review clearly shows that for evidence-based nursing to occur, nurses need to be aware of what evidencebased nursing means, what constitutes evidence, how evidence-based nursing differs from evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice and what the process is to engage with and apply the evidence. Conclusion: The in-depth critical review and synthesis of the evidence-based nursing literature reinforces the need to consolidate a position for nursing in the evidence-based field. The review confirms that evidence-based nursing can be defined and conceptualised; however, for nurses to engage and apply with the evidence-based processes they need to be informed of what these are and how to engage with them in practice. Relevance to clinical practice: This paper examines the concept of evidence-based nursing and its application to clinical practice.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
evidence; evidence-based medicine; evidence-based practice; nurses; nursing
ISSN:
0962-1067; 1365-2702
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 16/02/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 16/02/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorScott, K. (Kay)en
dc.contributor.authorMcSherry, R. (Rob)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-16T12:20:58Z-
dc.date.available2010-02-16T12:20:58Z-
dc.date.issued2009-04-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Clinical Nursing: 18 (8): 1085-1095en
dc.identifier.issn0962-1067-
dc.identifier.issn1365-2702-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02588.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/92272-
dc.description.abstractAim: To provide a critical analysis of key concepts associated with evidence-based nursing (EBN) to substantiate an operational definition for nurses to use in practice. Background: Despite the plethora of literature surrounding what evidence-based nursing is and is not and how it differs from its cousins, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice, nurses still struggle to get evidence into practice. Several reasons for this have been reported, for example, a lack of understanding about what evidence-based nursing means or time to engage with and apply the evidence into practice. Design: An in-depth critical review and synthesis of literature was undertaken. Method: Using the key words; evidence-based nursing, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice 496 articles were yielded. These articles were limited to 83. Using Burns and Grove’s (2001) phased approach to reviewing the literature the articles were critically reviewed and categorised into key concepts and themes. Results: The in-depth critical review and synthesis of the literature demonstrated that evidence-based nursing could be defined as a distinct concept. The review clearly shows that for evidence-based nursing to occur, nurses need to be aware of what evidencebased nursing means, what constitutes evidence, how evidence-based nursing differs from evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice and what the process is to engage with and apply the evidence. Conclusion: The in-depth critical review and synthesis of the evidence-based nursing literature reinforces the need to consolidate a position for nursing in the evidence-based field. The review confirms that evidence-based nursing can be defined and conceptualised; however, for nurses to engage and apply with the evidence-based processes they need to be informed of what these are and how to engage with them in practice. Relevance to clinical practice: This paper examines the concept of evidence-based nursing and its application to clinical practice.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 16/02/2010]en
dc.subjectevidenceen
dc.subjectevidence-based medicineen
dc.subjectevidence-based practiceen
dc.subjectnursesen
dc.subjectnursingen
dc.titleEvidence-based nursing: Clarifying the concepts for nurses in practiceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. School of Health and Social Care.en
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Clinical Nursingen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 16/02/2010]en
or.citation.harvardScott, K. and McSherry, R. (2009) 'Evidence-based nursing: Clarifying the concepts for nurses in practice', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 (8), pp.1085-1095.-
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