EBP Mentors Improving Healthcare Practice and Impacting Outcomes in Real World Clinical Settings

Monday, 28 July 2014: 7:00 AM

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DFPNAP, NE-BC
Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, OH


Evidence-based practice mentors have been shown to be critical to effectively integrating and sustaining evidence-based practice and decision-making in clinical organizations. The Advancing Research and Clinical Practice through Close Collaborations Model (ARCC), developed by Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt, is a systemwide model for implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practice. In this model, development of a cadre of EBP mentors is a central and essential mechanism for success in implementing and sustaining EBP in an organization. Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt's work has described EBP mentors as healthcare providers who work with point-of-care staff to implement and sustain EBP. Effective EBP mentors must have deep skills and knowledge not only related to the actual EBP process but they must also be prepared to strategically lead change in organizations.


The knowledge and skills needed to be an EBP mentor are provided to clinicians through a 5-day education program that employs evidence-based adult learning principles such as; combining didactic content with activities to imbed learning, multi-modal delivery mechanisms, “guide on the side” techniques and individual work projects with expert facilitation to teach clinicians the essential attributes needed to perform effectively as an EBP mentor.


Participants in the education program are guided through the entire EBP process and complete the program with an evidence-based practice change action plan to take back to their organization for implementation. The EBP mentors who participate in the education program are able to stay connected with their EBP mentor peers across the globe through listservs and bi-monthly synchronous webinars to share stories as well as resources and maintain the bonds and common passion for EBP that developed during the program.


The evidence-based education program has generated hundreds of EBP mentors who are working to improve healthcare practices and outcomes across the globe. The impact of EBP mentors will be highlighted.