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Developing research competence to support Evidence-based practice

Burke, LE and Schlenk, EA and Sereika, SM and Cohen, SM and Happ, MB and Dorman, JS (2005) Developing research competence to support Evidence-based practice. Journal of Professional Nursing, 21 (6). 358 - 363. ISSN 8755-7223

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This article describes one step in the process that was undertaken to prepare for the introduction of evidence-based practice (EBP) into the curriculum across the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Philosophy programs, as well as the programs that were under development, Clinical Nurse Leader and Doctor of Nursing Practice, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Expected research competencies were identified for each level or academic year within each program. Based on these competencies, recommendations on how to modify the curriculum into one that would support students' acquisition and development of the skills necessary to be successful in matriculating through an EBP curriculum were developed. Evaluation mechanisms for the achievement of these competencies vary across the academic programs and will include performance on capstone projects, comprehensive examinations, and program milestones for doctoral students. The establishment of evidence-based competencies provided a foundation for the development of new teaching approaches and the curricular revisions across the three academic programs. Thus, the University of Pittsburgh model of educating for EBP is based on a sequential layering of research competencies throughout the curriculum. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Burke, LElbu100@pitt.eduLBU1000000-0003-2434-9867
Schlenk, EAels100@pitt.eduELS1000000-0001-7361-1951
Sereika, SMssereika@pitt.eduSSEREIKA
Cohen, SMcohensu@pitt.eduCOHENSU
Happ, MB
Dorman, JS
Date: 1 November 2005
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Professional Nursing
Volume: 21
Number: 6
Page Range: 358 - 363
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2005.10.011
Schools and Programs: School of Nursing > Nursing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 8755-7223
MeSH Headings: Competency-Based Education--organization & administration; Curriculum; Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate--organization & administration; Education, Nursing, Graduate--organization & administration; Evidence-Based Medicine--education; Evidence-Based Medicine--standards; Faculty, Nursing; Humans; Models, Educational; Models, Nursing; Needs Assessment; Nurse's Role; Nursing Research--education; Nursing Research--standards; Organizational Innovation; Organizational Objectives; Pennsylvania; Philosophy, Nursing; Professional Competence--standards; Program Development
PubMed ID: 16311231
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 14:37
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 12:55


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