Saturday, July 14, 2007
This presentation is part of : Staying on the Other Side of the Chasm: Sustaining the Success of EBP Efforts
Building a Culture Supporting Evidence-Based Practice
Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, School of Nursing, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, USA

This presentation will examine the power of organizational culture in maintaining the status quo. How culture forms and how it is maintained will be explored within the context of evaluating the culture of nursing and other health professionals and the culture of the nurse workplace itself.  The traditional nursing workplace culture will be compared to the evidence-based practice culture. Incongruencies between conscious and unconscious beliefs in these two workplace cultures will be examined.  A process of culture change consisting of 1) making culture visible and apparent, 2) developing and reaching agreement on a new set of assumptions, and 3) creating new behavioral norms based on the assumptions will be explored using the example of shifting from a traditional nursing work environment to an evidence-based practice model