Evidence Based Practice Series - Course Description

Course Overview

The EBP Series helps prepare advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of expertise by employing evidence-based practice, cultural competence, and advanced leadership skills to improve health care delivery systems and enhance the quality of clinical nursing care.
This online course, is designed to review, expand, and update the practitioner’s knowledge of evidence based practice. Because continuing education credits cannot be awarded for less than a 50 minute presentation, it is necessary that you complete all three modules (each of which is less than 50 minutes) to be awarded 2.1 contact hours of credit.
The course is made up of three modules:
  • An overview and a model for EBP change (35 minutes)
  • Locating and judging the strength of the evidence (40 minutes)
  • Planning, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining a practice change (31 minutes)
Typical didactic lectures are pre-recorded and archived in segments via webcast technology. This 3-module program has been approved for 2.1 contact hours by West Virginia University School of Nursing, Charleston Division. WVUSON - Charleston Division is an approved provider of continuing education for Registered Professional Nurses by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. WVBRN registration number: WV 97-0187-RN.

Module 1 – Evidence-Based Practice: An Overview and a Model Goal

The goal of this activity is to provide an overview of evidence-based practice and a process model for guiding evidence-based practice changes.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Define evidence-based practice.
  2. List ways that top management provides support for evidence-based practice activities.
  3. Name the six steps in the Model for Evidence-Based Practice Change.

Module 2 – Evidence-Based Practice: Locating and Judging the Strength of the Evidence Goal

The goal of this activity is to provide an overview of locating and judging the strength of evidence supporting a new practice.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the type of evidence that is strongest.
  2. Define different types of evidence sources.
  3. Name one free website for locating strong evidence.
  4. Discuss factors to weigh when considering adoption of a new practice.

Module 3 – Evidence-Based Practice: Planning, Implementing, Evaluating, and Maintaining a Practice Change Goal

The goal of this activity is to provide an overview of planning, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining a new practice.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe key activities of planning a practice change.
  2. Identify the difference between process and outcome variables of the new practice that must be evaluated.
  3. List translation strategies that have been effective in promoting adoption of a new practice.
  4. Describe key activities of implementing and evaluating a practice change.
  5. Identify the purpose of periodic, on-going monitoring of process and outcome variables after implementation of a new practice.

Course Requirements

This course must be taken as a continuing education course in its entirety. This program has been approved for 2.1 contact hours by West Virginia University School of Nursing, Charleston Division. WVUSON – Charleston Division is an approved provider of continuing education for Registered Professional Nurses by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. WVBRN registration number: WV97-0187-RN. To qualify for continuing education credits you must follow the following steps:
  1. Complete the online registration form, which requires your email address. You will be sent the username and password to begin the modules. There is no cost for taking the courses. This project is supported by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under 1 D09HP09085-01, Title: A Post-BSN DNP: Improving Care for Rural, Underserved Women and Elders.
  2. View the webcast at your convenience. [Check to make sure your computer meets the minimum requirement for webcasts. **Computer requirements for webcasts.]
  3. After you've viewed all three webcasts the online evaluation form must be completed.
  4. Once steps 1, 2, and 3 are completed, a continuing education certificate will be mailed to you at the address listed on your registration form.