Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based Practice Training Program for Nurse Educators: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

Preethy D’Souza, Anice George, Sreekumaran Nair, Judith Noronha, Vishnu Renjith

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Abstract

Background: Evidence-based practice (EBP) endeavors to integrate the best available evidence with clinical expertise and patient preference to enhance clinical outcomes. For nurses to effectively demonstrate EBP, the concepts of EBP should be systematically incorporated into the nursing curriculum, with nurse educators playing a pivotal role in execution. However, the effect of EBP training programs on nurse educators remains largely unexplored. Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of an EBP training program on the knowledge, attitude, practice, and competency of nurse educators. Methods: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial was conducted at a nursing education institution. Fifty-one nurse educators were cluster randomized into intervention and control groups. A 30-hour EBP training intervention was provided for nurse educators in the intervention group. The outcome variables were knowledge, attitude, practice, and competency regarding EBP. These outcomes were evaluated using the EBP knowledge and practice questionnaire, EBP attitude scale, and Fresno test. Data were collected at baseline, the end of 5 months, and the end of 10 months. Results: Fifty-one eligible participants were enrolled in the study. The intervention and control group had three clusters each with 27 and 24 participants, respectively. Participants in both groups were comparable for variables such as age, years of experience, and educational background (p >.05). Between groups, outcome variables were compared using mixed linear multi-level modeling. Nurse educators who received the EBP training program demonstrated significant differences in knowledge (p <.05), attitude (p <.05), practice (p <.05), and competency scores (p <.05), than that of the control group, indicating the intervention effectiveness. Linking Evidence to Action: EBP training programs are effective in improving the knowledge, attitude, practice, and competency of nurse educators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-271
Number of pages11
JournalWorldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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