Evidence Based Practice Tutorial for Nurses

I recently learned of an Evidence Based Practice Tutorial for Nurses created by Penn State which I think is definitely worth checking out! It can be accessed free here: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/instruction/ebpt-07/. This was a collaborative project between the Penn State Libraries and the Department of Nursing at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The aim of the tutorial is to walk nurses and nursing students through the 4 steps of EBP: 1) Forming a Clinical Question; 2) Finding the Best Evidence; 3) Appraising Results for Validity and Usefulness; and 4) Applying Findings to Clinical Practice and Evaluating Professional Performance.

In addition to detailed descriptions and examples of these four steps, there is some great additional information. The tutorial provides two clinical examples that participants can work through (worksheets are provided), using the principles and steps of EBP. Users can also learn about the Evidence Triad, Information Resources Pyramid, Appraisal Tools, and EBP Terminology. There is also a list of suggested readings.

This was the ACRL Instruction Section’s PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instruction Materials Online) site of the month in June, 2008. An interview with some of the creators of this tutorial is available here.


One Response

  1. Great resource for nurses and librarians, Heidi!

    Here’s another resource to check out. Eskind Library at Vanderbilt University offers evidence-based medicine tutorials and an “EBM readiness assessment” tool for information professionals and clinicians: Evidence-Based Knowledge Portal at http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/biolib/ebmportal

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