|Learning Objective #1: Describe nursesí readiness for EBP based on their information literacy characteristics and their access to information resources in the practice setting|
|Learning Objective #2: Identify implications of findings for organizational outcomes related to implementation of EBP|
Design: Needs assessment utilizing descriptive design.
Population: All registered nurses licensed to practice in the United States
Sample: Stratified random sample representing all geographic regions
Years: Data collected Fall, 2003; data analysis will be completed by May, 2004.
Variables: The six research variables examined include: (a) awareness of need for evidence-based information; (b) identification of information needed for EBP; (c) ability and availability to electronically search for information; (d) application of electronic information-seeking processes; (e) information resources used; (f) purposes for information retrieved.
Methods: Mailed survey incorporating Dillmanís Total Design Method
Findings: The current study provides descriptive information about nurses in their practice environments related to: (a) frequency of seeking information; (b) availability of information resources, electronic and print; (c) access to information resources; (d) adequacy of information resources; (e) skills for and use of research and practice information; and (f) level of familiarity with EBP.
Conclusions: Findings will reflect nurse administratorsí perceptions of nursesí information literacy skills, knowledge, needs, and gaps in information resource access and utilization, as well as organizational issues that impede implementation of EBP.
Implications: Outcomes of the study have implications for organizational infrastructure, nursing continuing education and basic nurse education. The Institute of Medicine (2002) identified EBP as a primary means for enhancing patient safety and improving quality and efficiency of practice. Gaps in nursesí information literacy knowledge, skills, and access to information resources must be addressed for nurses to be able to identify, retrieve, and utilize research information in clinical decision-making and enhanced patient outcomes.
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