Evaluation Tool for Clinical Nursing Textbooks: Bridging Content Analysis with Evidence

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Abstract

One of the challenges nurse educators face is choosing a textbook that ensures congruency within the discipline of nursing, national and global health priorities, and the mission of the university. This article discusses the development of a tool that evaluates course content concurrently with evidence. The need to critically link content analysis and evidence within clinical nursing textbooks is deemed important given the discipline's imperative to prepare nurses to use the best evidence available for practice. The history and concept of evidence-based nursing practice is explored to develop an operational definition for the tool, which was designed to guide a realistic and expeditious process for this important faculty responsibility.

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