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Robert E. Hoye
Research-informed practice is crucial to ensure best possible decisions are made during care delivery. In reality, research-based evidence often does not reach patient care due to many elements that impede the implementation process. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to discover the lived experiences of nurses involved in implementing evidence-based practice (EBP) in clinical settings within hospitals in United Arab Emirates. The theoretical and conceptual basis for the study was derived from Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services framework for knowledge translation and Benner's Novice to Expert theory. Twelve nurses who had experience implementing evidence to practice were the participants of this study. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using a qualitative hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Three themes emerged from the study that included the significance of EBP, the process of evidence translation, and the outcome of evidence translation. Nurses in the clinical settings had basic understanding of EBP and were motivated to translate evidence, but their knowledge and skill in EBP were still limited. The implication for positive social change of this study is the recommendation that leaders in healthcare and nursing, as well as educators, and researchers to recognize the need for building EBP capabilities among nurses. Organizations must include current theories, frameworks, and tools of evidence translation to cultivate a culture of EBP as a foundation for patient care.