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Evidence-based practice is a systematic approach to problem solving for health care providers, including RNs, characterized by the use of the best evidence currently available for clinical decision making, in order to provide the most consistent and best possible care to patients. Are RNs in the United States prepared to engage in this process? This study(More)
In this paper U.S. nurses' readiness to provide Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) as measured by their information literacy knowledge and skills is described. The Institute of Medicine directed health care providers to use EBP as a means to improve patient safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care services. Information literacy has been identified as(More)
This poster describes a pilot study conducted to establish validity and reliability of an instrument that will be used in a nationwide needs assessment, implemented to identify gaps in Information Literacy skills, competencies, and knowledge among key nursing groups nationally. Data and information gathered using the tool will guide the profession in(More)
Online journals are one of the tools useful to nurses in providing patients with evidence-based nursing care. Available 24 hours a day and capable of including manuscripts of nearly unlimited size, these journals expedite dissemination of information to readers by both their electronic format and the changes that can be made to shorten the publication(More)
In adults, hypertension (HTN) is defined as a sustained elevation in blood pressure (BP) above a fixed number (e.g., 140/90 mm Hg); in children (including adolescents), frequency-distribution curves of normative data for BP which vary by age, height, and gender are used to define the normal range of BP and to diagnose HTN based on percentile curves. As(More)
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