EBP refers to a problem-solving approach to the delivery of healthcare based on the best evidence produced by well-designed studies integrated with patient and family preferences and values, as well as clinician expertise. This suite of programs improves quality of care, patient outcomes, and organizational effectiveness by increasing EBP competencies in clinicians, academicians, and leaders.  Hawaiʻi’s EBP programs are innovative in their statewide approach, encouraging the incorporation of evidence-based practices across multiple healthcare systems by many levels of users.

Clinician EBP Workshop and Internship

The Clinician EBP Workshop and Internship is designed for clinicians interested in completing an EBP project at their facility.  It consists of a two-day, intensive, workshop that educates clinical nurses on the meaning, importance, and methods of EBP in healthcare settings.  The workshop is followed by a 12-month internship that serves to reinforce content and facilitate project implementation.

Upcoming Workshop & Internship:  2023

2020 Clinician EBP Resources (password protected)

2021 Clinician EBP Resources (password protected)

Leadership EBP Workshop

The Leadership EBP Workshop provides nurse leaders, managers, directors, and clinical educators with a high-level understanding of EBP.  The Workshop emphasizes the positive impact that having nurses trained in EBP knowledge, skills, and abilities can have on an organization’s quality measures, patient outcomes, and costs.

Upcoming Workshop: TBD

Educator EBP Workshop

The Educator EBP Workshop consists of an intensive, two-day Workshop for school of nursing faculty on the meaning, importance, and methods of EBP in healthcare and educational settings and incorporates curriculum integration into the learning activities.

2022 Virtual Nurse Educator Evidence-Based Practice Workshop (November 16-17, 2022) – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

EBP Educators

The EBP Educators is a working group that consists of at least one representative from each of the schools of nursing across the state.  These individuals lead their fellow faculty in threading EBP concepts throughout their curriculum to ensure students have appropriate EBP competencies upon graduation.  The EBP Educators are fundamental to a statewide discussion about ensuring EBP competencies at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

EBP Educator Resources (password protected)

EBP Collaborative

The EBP Collaborative is a working group that consists of academic and employer partners across the state.  They engage in a multi-organization initiative to share key findings about EBP practice changes made at their individual facilities in efforts to spread resources equitably to all organizations.  This enhances the impact and value of EBP across organizations, and therefore, the state.

EBP Collaborative (password protected)

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is evidence-based practice?

EBP refers to a problem-solving approach to the delivery of healthcare based on the best evidence produced by well-designed studies integrated with patient and family preferences and values, as well as clinician expertise.

Where should evidence-based practice be used?

EBP initiatives can be implemented in acute or long-term care, hospices, home care or ambulatory care, anywhere nursing care is delivered.  It is important to realize that each organization is unique, therefore practice changes should be tailored accordingly.

Why is evidence-based practice so important?

The ultimate goal of an EBP initiative is to ensure optimal patient outcomes.  However, utilizing EBP can also lead to ensuring quality and safe patient care, reducing costs, and increasing job satisfaction – The Quadruple Aim (Melnyk & Overholt, 2019). 

What is the Center's approach to evidence-based practice changes?

The Center uses an integration of the Iowa Model and the Johns Hopkins Model.  We suggest that teams consist of 2-3 staff nurses, a nursing manager/leader, and any interprofessional staff who can provide input on the practice change (i.e., medical doctors, pharmacists, social workers, etc.).  Our expert faculty guide teams through the EBP process during the 12-month internship. 

Participants develop clear, concise clinical questions.  They complete a comprehensive literature search and appraisal.  From their findings, and based on the unique attributes of their organization, they develop and implement a practice change recommendation.  The goal at the end of the internship is to have an EBP change that has undergone pilot implementation and evaluation to determine if expected outcomes were met.

Following their pilot study, teams endeavor to address evaluation feedback and make appropriate corrections to their practice change.  Upon completion of the implementation and evaluation phases, they work to ensure the sustainability of their practice change on their unit or at their organization.  They also work to disseminate information about their practice change at their organization, locally, and nationally.

What makes an evidence-based practice project successful?

  1. Teamwork
  2. Leadership support
  3. Adequate resources

EBP Topics by Type of Facility or Unit