Evid Based Nurs 16:60-61 doi:10.1136/eb-2012-100770
  • Nursing issues
  • Quantitative study—other

Study of 23 advanced-practice nurses suggest that their ability to facilitate evidence-based practice among frontline nurses is influenced by their personal attributes, relationships with stakeholders, responsibility and workload and organisational context

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  1. Mary van Soeren
  1. Canadian Health Care Innovations, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Mary van Soeren
    Canadian Health Care Innovations, Guelph, Ontario, N1E 2C2, Canada; mary.vansoeren{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Role development of advance practice nurses (APNs) and organisational culture are important contributing factors for the adoption of evidence-based practice (EBP) by nurses.

  • Nursing and APN workload were factors limiting adoption of EBPs.

  • Education on EBP, leadership and facilitation should be part of all APN education.

  • Further research across a range of settings is needed to determine additional factors that may influence adoption of EBP.


The importance of utilising EBP to enhance patient care is known, yet front line nurses (FLN) remain slow to adopt.1 APNs have been noted to utilise EBP within …

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