Evidence-Based Practice

Basing practice on robust evidence from well-designed research, patient concerns and preferences, and clinical expertise is the cornerstone of evidence-based practice (EBP). Our unique vision and commitment to EBP led to establishing and copyrighting the internationally acclaimed Iowa Model Revised: Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Excellence in Health Care©. The Iowa Model guides clinical decision-making and EBP process from both the clinician and systems perspectives.

Through innovative opportunities like the EBP Staff Nurse Internship, nurses learn how to incorporate EBP into their work and the work of their colleagues. The Advanced Practice Institute: Promoting Adoption of Evidence-Based Practice is another opportunity that assists nurses to build skills in the most challenging steps of the EBP process.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded the 2014 Magnet Prize® to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, recognizing the innovative use of evidence-based practice to positively impact patient care. Learn more about the award.


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Testing of the Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Survey. Crawford, C. L., Rondinelli, J., Zuniga, S., Valdez, R. M., Cullen, L., Hanrahan, K., & Titler, M. G. (2020). Testing of the nursing evidence-based practice survey. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, e12432. https://doi.org/10.1111/wvn.12432

Evidence-Based Practice Change Champion Program Improves Quality Care. Cullen, L., Hanrahan, K., Farrington, M., Anderson, R., Dimmer, E., Minder, R., Suchan, T., & Rod, E. (2020). Evidence-based practice change champion program improves quality care. Journal of Nursing Administration 50(3), 128-134. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNA.0000000000000856

Evidence Into Practice: Starting in Your Own Backyard. Dolezal, D., & Cullen, L. (2020). Evidence into practice: Starting in your own backyard. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 1-4.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2020.05.002

Determinants of an Evidence-Based Practice Environment: An Interpretive Description. Duff, J., Cullen, L., Hanrahan, K., & Steelman, V. (2020). Determinants of an evidence-based practice environment: An interpretive description. Implementation Science Communications, 1(85), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s43058-020-00070-0

Growth Measurement Practices From a National Survey of Neonatal Nurses. Foote, J. M., Hanrahan, K., Mulder, P. J., Nielsen, A. K., Perkhounkova, Y., Hein, M., Saeidzadeh, S., & McCarthy, A. M. (2020). Growth measurement practices from a national survey of neonatal nurses. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 52, 10-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2020.02.001

EBP 2.0: Implementing and Sustaining Change: Implementing Improved Central Line Flushing Practices. Hanrahan, K., Utech, J., Cullen, L., Tucker, S. J., & Gallagher-Ford, L. (2020). EBP 2.0: Implementing and sustaining change: Implementing improved central line flushing practices. American Journal of Nursing, 120(8), 66-70. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NAJ.0000694600.82867.24

Disparities in Donor Human Milk Supplementation Among Well Newborns. Kair, L. R., Nidey, N. L., Marks, J. E., Hanrahan, K., Femino, L., Garcia, E F., Ryckman, K., & Wood, K. E. (2020). Disparities in donor milk supplementation among well newborns. Journal of Human Lactation, 36(1), 74-80. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890334419888163

Pain in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: How and What Are We Doing? LaFond, C. M., Hanrahan, K. S., Pierce, N. L., Perkhounkova, Y., Laures, El. L., & McCarthy, A. M. (2020). American Journal of Critical Care, 28(4), 265-273. https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2019836

The Power of the Pilot. Laures, E., & Fowler, C. (2020). The power of the pilot. PeriAnesthesia Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2020.02.009

Web-Based Experiential Learning Strategies to Enhance the Evidence-Based-Practice Competence of Undergraduate Nursing Students.
Park, M., Jeong, M., Lee, M., & Cullen, L. (2020). Web-based experiential learning strategies to enhance the evidence-based-practice competence of undergraduate nursing students.  Nurse Education Today. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104466

Iowa Model Revised: Research and Evidence-based Practice Application. Hanrahan, K. Fowler, C., McCarthy, A. M. (2019). Iowa Model Revised: Research and Evidence-based Practice Application. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 48, 121-122. https://doi.org/1.1016/j.pedn.2019.04.023

Pain Assessment Practices in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Laures, E., LaFond, C., Hanrahan, K., Pierce, N., Haeyoung, M., & McCarthy, A. M. (2019). Pain assessment practices in the pediatric intensive care unit. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 48, 55-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2019.07.005

Evidence-Based Practice in Action: Book of the Year Award
Reflections on Nursing Leadership Editors. (2019, January 3). Sigma publishing earns two more AJN book of the year awards. Retrieved from https://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/features/more-features/sigma-publishing-2018-ajn-boty

Are Milk and Molasses Enemas Safe for Hospitalized Adults? A Retrospective Electronic Health Record Review. Wangui-Verry, J., Farrington, M., Matthews, G., & Tucker, S. J. (2019). Are milk and molasses enemas safe for hospitalized adults? A retrospective electronic health record review. American Journal of Nursing, 119(9), 24-28. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NAJ.0000580148.43193.76

Journey to Evidence-Based Healthcare.
Cullen, L., & Hanrahan, K. (2018, April 24). Journey to evidence-based healthcare [Feature]. Reflections on Nursing Leadership. Retrieved from https://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/features/more-features/journey-to-evidence-based-healthcare

Evidence-Based Practice and the Bottom Line: An Issue of Cost.
Cullen, L., & Hanrahan, K. (2018, January 9). Evidence-based practice and the bottom line: An issue of cost. Healthcare Financial Management Association. Physician Business Adviser Blog. Retrieved from https://www.hfma.org/topics/article/58754.html