April 14, 2008 The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, in partnership with Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, has published Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model and Guidelines, a comprehensive book which provides a clear and concise approach to implementing evidence-based practice. For the first time, the evidence-based practice model used at Johns Hopkins is available to all nurses.
"Nurses and other health care professionals must explore continuously the most effective practices in patient care based on the best evidence available in an environment of ever-increasing scrutiny and heightened expectations, said Karen Haller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice President for Nursing and Patient Care Services at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. "We believe every nurse needs to understand and use the principles of evidence-based practice to make critical patient-care decisions. EBP will continue to expand as the foundations for policies and procedures in health care settings and the curriculum at many schools of nursing."
The 224-page book is targeted to nurses in clinical practice, nursing school faculty, and students. The publication covers the definition, history, and relevance of EBP; an overview of the Hopkins model with guidelines on how to use it; and recommendations on building and sustaining an environment supportive of EBP. The authorsRobin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CAN, CNOR; Sandra Dearholt, MS, RN; Stephanie Poe, MScN, RN; Linda Pugh, PhD, RNC, FANN; and Kathleen White, PhD, RN, CNAA, BChave been or are affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and/or The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The book is available in print or as an e-book through Nursing Knowledge International (www.nursingknowledge.org). For more information, visit www.ijhn.jhmi.edu.