Learning Objective 1: identify types of evidence used by advanced practice nurses.
Learning Objective 2: describe strategies, benefits, and challenges experienced by advanced practice nurses in the implementation of evidence-based practice
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to add to the evidence-based practice body of knowledge by studying APN's abilities to implement research into clinical practice. The research question for this project is: “What are APN's perceptions of evidence-based practice implementation?”
Methodology: Data for this mixed methods, descriptive study is obtained by a convenience sample. APNs currently employed in the San Francisco Bay Area will be surveyed from January, 2008 through May, 2008. A 4 item evidence-based practice survey questionnaire and demographic questionnaire will be used for data collection. Content analysis will be used to analyze the evidence-based practice survey qualitative data; descriptive statistics will be used to quantitatively analyze demographic data.
Results: Data collection for this study will be completed by May, 2008 and results will be available in early June, 2008.
Summary and Implications: Evidence-based practice is an essential component of advanced nursing practice. Data are available about evidence-based practice definitions and perceptions; little information is available about APN perceptions of evidence-based practice implementation. Information obtained from a mixed methods approach to this problem has the potential to enhance understanding of how APN's incorporate evidence into their important clinical work.