Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Real-Life Success Stories

Evidence–based practice has emerged as one of the most important health care movements of the 21st century. But the challenge for many nurses is converting the theory of evidence–based practice into action and incorporating it into a daily routine.

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Evidence–based practice has emerged as one of the most important health care movements of the 21st century. But the challenge for many nurses is converting the theory of evidence–based practice into action and incorporating it into a daily routine. In Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Real-Life Success Stories, real clinicians, just like you, share their experiences with paradigm shifts to EBP, implementation of the EBP process to change practice and improve patient outcomes, personal experiences with evidence–based care, and transforming systems to an EBP culture.

Authors and EBP experts Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, and Ellen Fineout–Overholt, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, showcase more than 90 personal accounts from nurses who have made a positive difference in their patients’ lives. The seven steps of the EBP process are brought to life through stories of cultivating a spirit of inquiry (Step 0) to disseminating the outcomes of the EBP decision or change (Step 6). Whatever your role in health care, as you read these stories, be inspired and encouraged to dream, innovate, and persist in making a positive impact, a difference – today.

About the Authors

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk,PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, is currently Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor at the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She will assume the position of Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer, and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University in September 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University,her Master of Science in Nursing degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Melnyk is a nationally/internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, and child and adolescent mental health. Her record includes over $11 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and over 170 publications.

Dr. Fineout-Overholt, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, is currently Clinical Professor and Director of the Center forthe Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice at Arizona State University. Dr. Fineout-Overholt earned her BSN from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, her MSN in Cardiovascular Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her PhD in Nursing Research from the University of Rochester. Her primary role is assisting health care providers (i.e., nurses, doctors, and other providers) to care for patients using the evidence-based practice (EBP) paradigm, which blends the best scientific information available (i.e., research), the experience of the provider along with evidence from practice, and what patients value and prefer to accomplish the best health outcomes for that patient.