Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebnurs.2011.100382
  • Nursing issues
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Advanced practice nurses use role modelling, teaching, clinical problem solving and change facilitation to promote evidence-based practice among clinical staff nurses

  1. Lynn Gallagher-Ford
  1. College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Lynn Gallagher-Ford
    College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, 1585 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210, USA; lgallagher{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Advanced practice nurses (APNs) can play a critical role in facilitating evidence-based practice (EBP).

  • Knowledge brokering (KB) is a key aspect of the APN role which can be leveraged to promote EBP.

  • KB requires specific knowledge and skills.

  • The effect of APNs on EBP implementation by clinical (staff) nurses and on clinical outcomes needs further exploration/measurement.


The barriers and organisational constraints related to EBP have been well described.1 2 Recently, the literature has focused on factors that facilitate EBP.3 4 The context of nursing practice settings has emerged as …

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