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Ylimäki S, Oikarinen A, Kääriäinen M, et al. Advanced practice nurses’ experiences of evidence-based practice: A qualitative study. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research. 2022;42(4):227-235. doi:10.1177/20571585221097658

Advanced practice nurses’ experiences of evidence-based practice : a qualitative study

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Author: Ylimäki, Saija1,2; Oikarinen, Anne1,3; Kääriäinen, Maria1,3,4;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Ylivieska, Finland
2Oulaskangas Hospital, Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4The Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care: A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence Group, Finland
5Nursing Research Foundation, Helsinki, Finland
6WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Finland
7Oulu University Hospital, Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Oulu, Finland
8Kuopio University Hospital, Northern Savonia Hospital District, Kuopio, Finland
9Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-22


Evidence-based practice (EBP) has been shown to improve patient safety as well as quality of care. Advanced practice nurses (APNs) have a vital role in the implementation of EBP. This study aimed to describe APNs’ experiences of EBP implementation. The study was a descriptive qualitative study and data were collected between May and August 2019 through interviews with APNs (n = 12). The data were analyzed using inductive content analysis. The study was reported according to COREQ guidelines. The responses were divided into four main categories: EBP in clinical nursing; EBP leadership; implementation of supporting structures for EBP; and EBP in APNs’ work. APNs experienced: that the realization of EBP varied in clinical nursing, that there was a need for development in the leadership of EBP, variation in nurse leaders’ competence in EBP leadership, and a lack of resources for EBP.

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Series: Nordic journal of nursing research
ISSN: 2057-1585
ISSN-E: 2057-1593
ISSN-L: 2057-1585
Volume: 42
Issue: 4
Pages: 227 - 235
DOI: 10.1177/20571585221097658
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
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