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Evidence Based Nursing


The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe..."

-Florence Nightingale, 1859

What is Research Utilization in Evidence Based Practice


  • Research Utilization is defined as the process of communication and using research generated knowledge to make an impact on or a change in the existing practice in the health care system


  • Conceptual utilization- use of findings to cognitively restructure thinking about a phenomenon


  • Instrumental utilization- direct application of knowledge to change practice


  • Research utilization occurs when nurses incorporate knowledge generated from research into their clinical practices. The process looks simple at first glance: do research, get results, and then "just do it. Unfortunately, in nursing and other health care disciplines, there often is a wide gap between scientific knowledge and actual practice.

  • Evidence-Based Practice uses research to direct client care and challenges nurses to critically examine traditional practices, procedures, and nursing rituals and question those that are not substantiated by research or other evidence.


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