Creating Infrastructure Supportive of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Leadership Strategies
Article first published online: 12 MAR 2007
Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 21–29, March 2007
How to Cite
Newhouse, R. P. (2007), Creating Infrastructure Supportive of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Leadership Strategies. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 4: 21–29. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6787.2007.00075.x
- Issue published online: 12 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 12 MAR 2007
- Accepted 15 August 2006
- nursing leadership;
- evidence-based practice;
- strategic plan;
Background: Nursing leadership is the cornerstone of successful evidence-based practice (EBP) programs within health care organizations. The key to success is a strategic approach to building an EBP infrastructure, with allocation of appropriate human and material resources.
Purpose: This article indicates the organizational infrastructure that enables evidence-based nursing practice and strategies for leaders to enhance evidence-based practice using “the conceptual model for considering the determinants of diffusion, dissemination, and implementation of innovations in health service delivery and organization.”
Discussion: Enabling EBP within organizations is important for promoting positive outcomes for nurses and patients. Fostering EBP is not a static or immediate outcome, but a long-term developmental process within organizations. Implementation requires multiple strategies to cultivate a culture of inquiry where nurses generate and answer important questions to guide practice.
Implications: Organizations that can enable the culture and build infrastructure to help nurses develop EBP competencies will produce a professional environment that will result in both personal growth for their staff and improvements in quality that would not otherwise be possible.