Putting Evidence-Based Practice into Your Practice: a CE activity.
Pub Date: 09/22/2009
Publication: Name: Journal of the New York State Nurses Association Publisher: New York State Nurses Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New York State Nurses Association ISSN: 0028-7644
Issue: Date: Fall-Winter, 2009 Source Volume: 40 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 242592196
Full Text: Thank you for your participation in Putting Evidence-Based Practice into Your Practice, a new 2.5-hour CE activity offered by NYSNA to RNs and LPNs. NYSNA members and non-members are invited to take part in this activity, and you do not need to be a resident of New York State.


In order to receive contact hours for this educational activity, participants are to read the articles presented in this issue of Journal, complete and return the post test and earn 80% or better, and complete and return the evaluation form.

The participant will also need to pay a fee of $5 for NYSNA members and $l0 for non-members. Participants can pay by check (made out to NYSNA; please include CE Code N2l6 on your check) or credit card. The completed answer sheet and evaluation form may be mailed or faxed back to NYSNA; see the evaluation form for more information.


The goal of this educational activity is to increase awareness of the registered professional nurses' understanding of what evidence-based practice (EBP) and nursing research is and their significance to nursing and provide ways they can be used to advance practice. In addition, this educational activity provides examples of ways to collaborate and use outcomes derived from EBP activity to advance the science of nursing.


1. Identify the goals of the NYS Nursing Research Agenda.

2. Describe the advantages of a nursing research alliance.

3. Identify what a research alliance is.

4. Identify three steps needed to create a research alliance.

5. Identify how internal evidence can be used in documenting an evidence-based project.

6. Identify elements needed to evaluate an evidence-based practice change.

7. Understand the difference between evidence-based practice and research.

8. Define what horizontal violence is.

9. Understand that horizontal violence occurs in a variety of health care settings.

10. Identify strategies that may help to decrease horizontal violence.

The New York State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

NYSNA has nothing to declare related to this educational activity.

Putting Evidence-Based Practice into Your Practice (2.5 hrs)

Post Test (Code N216)

Please answer the questions below. Remember to complete the answer sheet by putting the letter of your corresponding answer next to the question number. Each question has only one correct answer. A score of 80% is needed to successfully pass this post test.

The 2.5 contact hours for this program will be offered until March 15, 2013.

1. Steps in creating a research alliance include:

(a) Recognize the need

(b) Recruit colleagues for support

(c) Identify and contact other individuals and groups that might share an interest in starting and maintaining the alliance

(d) All of the above

2. The words consortium and collaborative have also been used to describe a research alliance.

(a) True

(b) False

3. The current goals of the New York State Research Agenda (NYSRA) include all of the following EXCEPT:

(a) Expand the human, technological, and financial infrastructure that is currently available to support the nursing research endeavor.

(b) Create learning opportunities for nursing students and professional nurses to enhance their understanding of nursing research and their ability to apply research findings to practice.

(c) Disseminate nursing research findings to members of the Nursing Research Planning Committee only.

(d) Promote the use of nursing research findings to solve clinical problems and influence healthcare policy.

4. The advantages of a nursing research alliance include:

(a) Research alliances encourage us to work collaboratively and collectively across contexts.

(b) Members work individually and collaboratively to move the NYSRA forward in an effort to improve both the practice and the profession.

(c) Alliances focus on ways to make research and evidence-based practice more tangible to all nurses.

(d) All of the above

5. Those working in non-union facilities reported higher occurrences of being a victim of being expected to do other's work.

(a) True

(b) False

6. The theoretical literature suggests that horizontal violence is so ingrained in nursing's organizational culture that it is not recognized.

(a) True

(b) False

7. By heightening the awareness of the existence of horizontal violence, nurses can do all but:

(a) Develop and implement strategies to decrease this harmful group dynamic.

(b) Increase mobility with the work facilities.

(c) Increase teamwork, which should improve patient outcomes.

(d) Increase nurse retention.

8. How might an EBP project team best use internal evidence in documenting their project?

(a) To describe the context and importance of the problem. being addressed.

(b) To provide data that will be included in a table of evidence.

(c) To provide justification for why the team chose a particular solution to a practice problem when only one published study of that solution could be found.

(d) To answer the question of whether one possible solution to a practice problem should be chosen over another.

9. Which of the following statements is FALSE?

(a) An evidence search should include searching for any unpublished evidence.

(b) Because an EBP project does not include conducting research, the IRB does not need to be involved.

(c) The synthesis of evidence provides the overall picture of whether existing evidence is sufficient for making an evidence-based practice change.

(d) Use of a table of evidence helps to summarize and organize results of a literature review.

10. Evaluation of an evidence-based practice change should address both whether the practice change is effective and how well that change fits into the practice setting.

(a) True

(b) False

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