The purpose of this research was to explore, describe and analyze the experience of a group of nursing faculty that teach Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in an undergraduate nursing program in Puerto Rico. The main question in this study was: What is the experience of a group of nursing faculty who adopt the EBP competence in their curriculum? The research was based on the qualitative paradigm and the design consisted of a case study. The techniques to collect the information consisted of: two semi-structured interviews, two non-participatory observations and document analysis provided by the nursing program participants from a nursing program.
Based on the research findings it was concluded that the participants consider important the development of EBP in their students, because it enables them to make clinical decisions aimed at achieving the patient care outcomes. In order to develop this competence in their students, faculty use a variety of teaching strategies to foster effective student performance. The interviews, non-participatory observations and collected documents analysis revealed some of the main difficulties and challenges that are faced by nursing faculty when integrating EBP in the curriculum. Among the most important challenge is that students perceive EBP relevant to their practice, because in most practice settings EBP is not carried out, nor is there a culture that supports its use. A key suggestion from the participants was that collaborative links be established between the nursing schools and the health agencies in order to promote the implementation of the EBP.
This study highlights the need to make joint efforts between the academia, practice settings and the administration of health care systems to promote nursing research and the implementation of EBP in the Puerto Rican sociocultural context. It is suggested that further research be done to study the knowledge and attitudes that nursing teachers should have when teaching EBP.
|Commitee:||Ramos-Rodriguez, Isabel, Rivero-Mendez, Marta|
|School:||University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Puerto Rico)|
|School Location:||United States -- Puerto Rico|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Evidence based practice, Nursing education, Nursing faculty, Study case, Teaching|
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