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ISSN: 2167-1168

Journal of Nursing & Care
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Research Article

Tailoring an Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship to Meet Learning Needs of Bedside Nurses

Donna J. Plonczynski1* and Donna Kruse2
1Associate professor, Northern Illinois University, USA
2Clinical Educator/Magnet Program Director, Advocate Sherman Hospital, USA
Corresponding Author : Donna J. Plonczynski
Associate professor
Northern Illinois University
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Received August 11, 2014; Accepted September 19, 2014; Published November 27, 2014
Citation: Plonczynski DJ, Kruse D (2014) Tailoring an Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship to Meet Learning Needs of Bedside Nurses. J Nurs Care 3:200. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000200
Copyright: © 2014 Plonczynski DJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The ability for nurses to practice to the fullest level of their education and expertise in order to optimize patient care is an ideal vision for nursing practice. While healthcare quality has improved over the past decades, delays continue in transferring current information from research to patient care. Many nurses are not experienced in transferring research into practice. This paper describes the process for planning, implementing and evaluating the evidence-based practice (EBP) Fellowship that transferred these critical skills to five bedside nurses. All five Fellows implemented evidence in their area of practice with significant positive changes in patient outcomes. The results from the Fellowship indicate that we met and exceeded the goals of transferring the knowledge, skills and attitudes for EBP to bedside nurses. Unexpected outcomes included the development of leadership and presentation skills as all five of the Fellows disseminated the results of their successful projects regionally and nationally.