Evidence-Based Practice Made Simple

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Available November 2015

Evidence-Based Practice Made Simple

Marquetta Flaugher, PhD, ARNP-BC
Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN
Mary Jo Slattery, MS, RN 

Evidence-Based Practice Made Simple demystifies the purpose, meaning, and application of evidence-based practice (EBP). It clarifies the difference between EBP and nursing research, explaining what EBP is, how nurses can find, analyze, and interpret published literature, and how they can make changes to hospital procedures based on research to improve patient care.

In recent years, evidence-based practice has become increasingly important in the nursing profession as a result of the drive for better outcomes and higher satisfaction ratings, including value-based purchasing and HCAHPS. Nurses know that quality and outcomes improvement hinge on the use of proven techniques supported by evidence—and that the health of the organization hinges on those improvements. As such, many nurses want to use research to find their own answers to clinical questions, but they don’t know where to begin.

This book is the first step. Written for use in the busy workplace, it presents the basics of EBP in a non-intimidating, easy-to-digest format.


  • An easy-to-read, yet professional introduction to EBP that will appeal to time-pressured nurses
  • Expert advice packed into a small, approachable format
  • Easy techniques to assimilate new, effective practices and get buy-in from peers, management, and the organization


Table of Contents


 Chapter 1: What Is Evidence-Based Practice?

 Chapter 2: Changing the Way We Have Always Done It

 Chapter 3: Creating a Culture of Evidence-Based Practice

 Chapter 4: Choosing a Model and Identifying a Question

 Chapter 5: Gathering and Evaluating Evidence

 Chapter 6: Independent Searches

 Chapter 7: Sharing the Results

 Appendix A: Guidelines for Journal Clubs

 Appendix B: Process for Evaluating Internet Sources

 Appendix C: Basic Research Designs


About the Authors

Marquetta Flaugher, PhD, ARNP-BC, is the author of Nursing Research Program Builder: Strategies to Translate Findings into Practice, also published by HCPro. She is ANCC certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse with extensive experience with various populations. At CW Bill Young VA Healthcare System, Flaugher has served on various hospital wide committees. She has given numerous presentations on evidence-based practice and the importance of research both locally and nationally. Flaugher currently works as a FNP in medicine services, teaches nursing students in Master level programs online, and publishes articles focusing on medical and nursing issues.

Suzanne Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN has had a career in nursing spanning 40 years as a clinical nurse, adult and geriatric nurse practitioner, and as an educator in the academic and clinical settings. She has extensive experience and knowledge working with evidence-based practice and nurse residency program and developing interprofessional competency-based programs. Dr. Beyea has served as primary author as well as collaborated with other researchers and educators on a number of peer-reviewed publications. She authored a monthly column on evidence-based and research as well as patient safety for the AORN Journal and has extensive experience speaking about and working in clinical settings on evidence-based practice and patient safety issues. She was formerly the Director of Nursing Research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Dr. Beyea coauthored Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, upon which this book is based.

Mary Jo Slattery, MS, RN has more than two decades of experience working with staff nurses in the acute care setting. Working with organizational leadership, she has been responsible for the development, implementation, and management of systems that support nursing research and evidence-based practice. She has regularly provided nurses in her organization with consultation, education and assistance with projects. Her publications in peer-reviewed journals reflect the diversity of initiatives in which she has been involved. She was formerly the Clinical Program Coordinator for Nursing Research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, and coauthored Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, upon which this book is based.


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