Striving for evidence-based practice innovations through a hybrid model journal club: A pilot study

Marian Wilson, Suzanna Ice, Cathy Y. Nakashima, Lynn Annette Cox, Elizabeth C. Morse, Ginu Philip, Ellen Vuong

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to pilot a "hybrid" style journal club and determine whether measurable effects could be detected over 8-weeks' time on evidence-based practice ability, desire, behaviors, use, and barriers. Background: Journal clubs have been suggested as a method to increase nurses' confidence with using research evidence to guide practice. However, it is yet unknown how nurse educators can best implement effective programs for clinicians with varying schedules, education levels, and research skills. Setting and participants: Thirty-six participants from one large urban United States hospital (72% registered nurses) were invited to access bi-weekly interdisciplinary journal club activities. Nurse educators created curriculum focused on clinical problem solving that was offered via in-person sessions or a social media site. Methods: A pretest-posttest no control group design was used to measure impacts of those engaged in journal club activities. Data were collected using a combination of validated evidence-based practice instruments and program participation records. Findings: A two-tailed paired t test showed significant increases over 8. weeks' time in evidence-based practice use (. p=. .002) and behaviors (. p=. .007). Slight preference for in-person sessions was reported, although greater participation was reflected in online activities. Mean satisfaction ratings were high; however, attrition rates suggest that more is needed to maximize clinician engagement. Conclusion: A hybrid method using online and in-person sessions was feasible and adaptive for varying learning styles and work schedules. Positive changes in measurements were detected among journal club participants. Instruments were identified that may be useful for trialing similar programs intended to increase evidence-based practice self-efficacy, use, behaviors, and ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-662
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Clinical nurse educator
  • E-Learning
  • EBP skills
  • Journal clubs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education


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