Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Mary T. Verklan
When bedside acute care nurses support their clinical practice with current best evidence, patient outcomes improve. Most bedside acute care nurses base their clinical decision-making on tradition and not the application of evidence based practice (EBP). The ability to appraise research is a critical component in the application of EBP and best care practices. The purpose of the DNP project was to obtain 5 content experts' evaluations of an education module for bedside nurses on how to analyze a research report, complete a literature review, and create a table of evidence (TOE). The theoretical framework guiding the project was the Advancing Research and Clinical Practice through Close Collaboration (ARCC) Model, which supports the integration of research in clinical practice. The content experts provided qualitative, summative evaluations to strengthen the content. Recommendations included adding information to the content of the module that would identify the differences in analyzing quantitative and qualitative research, providing more information related to the 51 criteria of the RAC used to guide nurses when analyzing a research article, and providing a script and talking points to assist other facilitators when implementing the module. A final suggestion by the experts included presenting the EBP module in two parts: part 1, how to analyze an article and part 2, how to pool the data. The project has the potential to improve nurses' knowledge and the application of evidence based practice to enhance social change through improved clinical outcomes for patients.