Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Accelerated Second-Degree Programs

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An important challenge for teaching in accelerated second-degree programs is how to manage essential content within a compressed curriculum format. This article describes a project that used a collaborative model for teaching evidence-based practice (EBP) in a redesigned second-degree nursing program. Instructors in two courses shared responsibility for teaching basic concepts and guiding students' implementation of EBP in a clinical setting in partnership with clinical nurses. This approach resulted in a high degree of satisfaction for students, instructors, and nursing staff in clinical agencies. The project demonstrated collaborative teaching strategies can help students achieve basic knowledge in EBP and translate that knowledge into their clinical practice. Collaboration also can achieve more efficient learning experiences, a critical element in accelerated nursing programs.

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