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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes the collaborative development and implementation of the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model. The model was created and tested by a team of nurses and faculty at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide background on evidence-based practice (EBP), examples of EBP projects, and details on how to develop EBP programs. These skills are necessary as nursing develops competency in EBP.
Audience: The target audience is nurses, healthcare agencies, and schools of nursing. The authors developed and tested the model and are directly involved in areas such as EBP projects, research, and the development of practice guidelines.
Features: Section I introduces the concept of EBP and describes the evolution of EBP in nursing and the role of critical thinking in EBP. Section II describes the components of the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model, which emphasizes practice, education, and research. Guidelines for conducting an EBP projects using the Practice Question, Evidence, and Translation process (PET) are described. Section III focuses on the PET process in developing EBP projects. Section IV describes the supportive environment needed for successful incorporation of EBP. Examples of EBP projects at Johns Hopkins are described in Section V. Section VI contains tools used at Johns Hopkins. It is noted that these tools can be downloaded at the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing Web site.
Assessment: The book is straightforward and easy to read. It is an essential book for learning about an EBP model and implementation.