Specialty Scholar Tracts - Evidence Based Practice

Evidence Based Practice

Possesses an inquisitive spirit and a desire to improve nursing care by conducting, implementing, translating and evaluating evidence-based reviews at Meridian Health.

Clinical Practice

  • Promotes evidence-based practice on unit
  • Identifies clinical questions suitable for investigation
  • Demonstrates expert critical thinking


  • Disseminates evidence findings to other staff on unit through in-services, posters, journal clubs, etc.
  • Presents own evidence findings in defined formal forums within Meridian Health. Seeks opportunities to present evidence findings at local, state or national conferences or through publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Attends one evidenced base related education program per year

Shared Governance

  • Promotes collaboration with interdisciplinary team on evidence projects
  • Active member of EBN Special Interest Council attending at least 50% of meetings.


  • Disseminates current evidence findings to staff and members of the interdisciplinary team.



Melnyk, B. M., Fineout-Overholt, E., Stillwell, S. B., & Williamson, K. M.  (2009). Igniting a spirit of inquiry:  An essential foundation for evidence-based practice.  AJN, 109(11), 49-52. 

Melnyk, B. M., Fineout-Overholt, E., Stillwell, S. B., & Williamson, K. M.  (2010).  The seven steps of evidence-based practice.  AJN, 110 (1), 51-53.

Stillwell, S. B. (2010).  Asking the clinical question:  A key step in evidence-based practice.  AJN, 110(3), 58-61. 

Stillwell, S. B., Fineout-Overholt, E., Melnyk, B. M., & Williamson, K. M.  (2010).  Searching for the evidence.  AJN, 110(5), 41-47. 

Fineout-Overholt, E., Melnyk, B. M., Stillwell, S. B., & Williamson, K. M.  (2010).  Critical appraisal of the evidence:  Part I.  AJN, 110(7), 47-52. 

Fineout-Overholt, E., Melnyk, B. M., Stillwell, S. B. & Williamson, K. M. (2010).  Critical appraisal of the evidence:  Part II.  AJN, 110(9), 41-48.

Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011).  Following the evidence:  Planning for sustainable change.  AJN, 111(1), 54-60. 

Gallagher-Ford, L.  (2011).  Implementing an evidence-based practice change.  AJN, 111(3), 54-60.

Gallagher-Ford, L.  (2011).  Rolling out the rapid response team.  AJN, 111(5), 42-47.

Melnyk, B. M. (2011).  Evaluating and disseminating the impact of an evidence-based intervention:  Show and tell.  AJN, 111(7), 56-60. 


Melnyk, B. M. & Fineout-Overholt, E.  (2011).  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare:  A guide to Best Practice, 2nd edition.  Philadelphia PA:  Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. 

Schmidt, N.  A. & Brown, J. M.  ( 2015 ).  Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses:  Appraisal and Application of Research, 3rd edition.  Burlington, MA :  Jones & Bartlett Learning.