Evidence-Based Nursing Education
Integration of the best research with clinical expertise and patient values.
What do we mean by evidence-based?
Sackett et al., 2000, has provided us with a universally accepted definition: the integration of the best research with clinical expertise and patient values. Evidence- based nursing, therefore is a rigorous methodology where all the research data for a particular problem or issue are analyzed together, also accounting for values and expert consensus. Nurse educators incorporate evidence-based practice into their curricula and use evidence-based strategies to support their teaching strategies. Nurse regulators use evidence-based regulation in their regulation of nurses.
How has NCSBN contributed to evidence-based nursing education?
Here are a few ways:
- Journal of Nursing Regulation
- Center for Regulatory Excellence
- Systematic review of nursing education outcomes
- Institute for Regulatory Excellence
- National Simulation Study
- Multi-Site, Randomized Study of Transition to Practice
Is there evidence to support clinical experiences in prelicensure nursing education programs?
Yes! NCSBN, with a committee of its membership and in collaboration with the educators in nursing and other fields, developed an evidence-based position paper on clinical experiences, which was adopted by our membership in 2005. The position paper was based on a systematic review on nursing education outcomes, and the results of the systematic review have been presented and published in JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics and Regulation and Chapter 12 in Clinical Nursing Education by Avd & Valiga (2009).
How much simulation can and should be used in nursing education programs to optimize student outcomes?
NCSBN is undertaking a multi-site, longitudinal study on the use of simulation. This study will investigate the translation of simulation into practice and will provide educators with standardized vignettes, best practices for conducting simulation and debriefing, and psychometrically sound measurement tools.
Will a standardized transition to practice program in nursing improve patient outcomes?
Stay tuned to see! NCSBN is conducting a multi-site, randomized study of transition to practice to learn whether the evidence supports states using a standardized transition to practice model in nursing. Many variables, including patient outcomes, reported errors, near misses and patient satisfaction, are being studied. The results will be available in the summer of 2014.
What are the implications of the faculty shortage for nursing regulation?
NCSBN hosted a Faculty Qualifications conference in 2008, where nurse leaders learned more about what is currently being done to deal with the shortage and had the opportunity to discuss potential solutions, and developed a report containing the results. Presentations from this conference include:
- Christine A. Tanner, RN, PhD: The Future of Nursing Education: A Collaborative Perspective
- Joan Weiss, PhD, RN, CRNP: Faculty Shortage: Implications for Regulation Federal Funding Solutions
- Linda L. Shanta, PhD, RN: Nurse Faculty Intern Pilot Study (38 MB)
- Suling Li, PhD, RN: The Role of Simulation in Nursing Education: A Regulatory Perspective
- Robbin Wilson, MSN, RN & Susan Sportsman, RN, PhD, CNA: Collaborative Solutions: Implementing Innovative Strategies
- Debi Sampsel, MSN, RN; Dr. Carol Holdcraft; & Garfield Jones, InTouch Health: Innovative Solutions: Robots in Nursing Education?
Contact NCSBN’s Regulatory Innovations department to learn more.