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Scope/Overview

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Evidence-based nursing practice happens when a nurse makes the clinical decision on the basis of the best available current evidence and the nurse's clinical expertise in conjunction with patient involvement, to provide the optimum nursing care. This guide covers the resources available in the library on evidence-based nursing. As always, if you have any questions or need help with your research please contact us.

Definition

What is Evidence Based Nursing?

Definitions of evidence based nursing have varied in scholarly literature.  Scott & McSherry's extensive literature review looked at commonalities between EBN definitions and synthesized them to come up with the following definition: 

"An ongoing process by which evidence, nursing theory and the practitioners’ clinical expertise are critically evaluated and considered, in conjunction with patient involvement, to provide delivery of optimum nursing care for the individual."

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