As the most senior nursing leader in the organization, the Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) creates the vision and simultaneously maintains overall accountability for promoting a culture of evidence-based practice within a healthcare organization.
Nursing staff empowerment is reported as a positive outcome of establishing an EBP practice environment. Nursing staff experience a renewed sense of confidence which can translate into a greater sense of autonomy and a heightened desire to question administrative decisions. Less experienced nurse leaders may see this as a threatening shift in the balance of power.
The CNE must thoughtfully support the spirit of inquiry among clinical staff and simultaneously mentor mid-level nurse leaders in the organizations as they acquire comfort with a renewed empowerment and engagement among their clinical nursing staff.