Spiraling Evidence-Based Practice and Outcomes Management Concepts in an Undergraduate Curriculum: A Systematic Approach

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Preparing undergraduate nursing students to practice nursing in the 21st century requires a focus on the development of evidence-based practice and outcomes management knowledge and skills throughout the nursing curriculum. To this end, seven learning activities were created that spiral and increase in complexity while building on previously acquired skills. Working in teams and practicing team-building techniques, students learned how to develop a clinical question, search the literature, synthesize the current knowledge, identify the significance of the issue in an ecological model, decipher existing quality data and compare that data to national benchmarks, investigate a health care quality issue using quality improvement methods, and draft a proposal for implementation of a continuous quality improvement initiative. Work was presented in both written and oral presentation formats, with emphasis on engaging various audiences in a compelling health care issue.

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