The University of Illinois Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences and the College of Nursing have been engaged in a series of evidence-based practice (EBP) education programs targeted to public health, acute and ambulatory care nurses. These programs have expanded and built upon each other and used partnerships and connections towards providing equal access to biomedical information to all U.S. health professionals and the use of scientific evidence to guide healthcare decision making. To date, more than 800 public health and 350 acute/ambulatory care nurses have benefited from our work. The online modules will begin with a review of evidence-based practice and include instruction on the use of NIH/NNLM resources, such as PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, the CDC’s Community Guide, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Key content areas included: finding evidence, finding health statistics, appraising evidence, translating evidence, leadership and professionalism, and sharing evidence.
The NExT online modules promote the use of PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the United States Preventative Services Task Force. Information about other NNLM/NIH resources will be included. The NNLM/NIH not only provides mobile resources for health professionals but also resources that can be recommended to their communities. The NExT project educates professionals how to acquire and critically appraise evidence and how to apply and translate that evidence into programs and policies that will positively impact the health of target populations. Further we educate the learner on means of dissemination of this evidence and the development of critical leadership skills.
The modules are self paces and available completely online at these links: https://go.uic.edu/phnext and https://go.uic.edu/acnext. One module is specific to public and school health nurses and the other to acute and ambulatory care nurses. Librarians may choose to take either course depending on their specialty service area. Each set of modules if a total of 7 hours of content covering the following topics: The EBP process, Finding Evidence, Finding Health Statistics, Appraising the Evidence, Translating the Evidence, Learning, Leadership & Professionalism, Sharing Evidence and Results, How to access NLM Resources, How to develop a PICO Question, Knowledge Translation, Critical Appraisal, Program Planning, and Implementation, & Evaluation. Learners may stop and come back to complete the series of modules at their own pace thus we do not have an agenda.
MLA CE Credits: 7