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Project will bring evidence-based training to more nurses

A new award will allow Krista Jones, DNP ’11, MS ’07, RN, PHNA-BC, clinical associate professor and director of the UIC College of Nursing’s Urbana campus, and a team of nurses and librarians to bring evidence-based training modules to acute and ambulatory care nurses at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, UI Health in Chicago and Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois.

“It’s needed,” Jones says, who is primary investigator on the award. “The research we’ve done demonstrates that evidence-based practice is not being applied in all settings.”

The award, from the National Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Region, is entitled Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence, Phase 3 (NExT3). It builds on phases one and two of the project, which began in 2014 and targeted public health nurses.

In this third phase, outreach will continue for public health nurses, while content for acute and ambulatory care nurses will be added, including free continuing education units for both. Survey data found that more than two-thirds of participants in the project wanted more content. Additionally, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program requires hospitals to use evidence-based practice in nursing.

According to the project proposal: “Nurses need to document and demonstrate that they engage in research and implement [evidence-based practice] to enhance healthcare quality, improve patient outcomes, and reduce costs. However, despite the explosion of scientific evidence, significant barriers exist towards the application of evidence-based care.”

“We’re attempting to provide nurses across all settings with evidence-based practice competencies to impact practice decisions and to ultimately improve patient care,” Jones says.