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What is Evidence-Based Nursing?
The following diagram illustrates the components that are part of evidence-based practice:
Source: Duke University Medical Center Library (2015). Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice.
Some definitions of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice:
- "the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of theory-derived, research-based information in making decisions about care delivery to individuals or groups of patients and in consideration of individual needs and preferences." Ingersoll, G. (2000). Evidence-based nursing: what it is and what it isn't. Nursing Outlook, 48(4), 151-152
- "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." Scott, K., & McSherry, R. (2009). Evidence-based nursing: clarifying the concepts for nurses in practice. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 18(8), 1085-1095.
- "an integration of the best evidence available, nursing expertise, and the values and preferences of the individuals, families and communities who are served." http://www.sigmanursing.org/why-sigma/about-sigma/position-statements-and-resource-papers/evidence-based-nursing-position-statement