Nursing Evidence Based Practice Research Paper

Nursing Evidence Based Practice Research Paper


Throughout this course you will be developing a formal, evidence-based practice proposal.

The proposal is the plan for an evidence-based practice project designed to address a problem, issue, or concern in the professional work setting. Although several types of evidence can be used to support a proposed solution, a sufficient and compelling base of support from valid research studies is required as the major component of that evidence. Proposals are submitted in a format suitable for obtaining formal approval in the work setting. Proposals will vary in length depending upon the problem or issue addressed, but they should be between 3,500 and 5,000 words. The cover sheet, abstract, references page, and appendices are not included in the word count.


Section headings and letters for each section component are required. Responses are addressed in narrative form in relation to that number. Evaluation of the proposal in all sections is based upon the extent to which the depth of content reflects graduate-level critical-thinking skills.

This Nursing Evidence Based Practice Research Paper project contains six formal sections:

  1. Section A: Problem Description
  2. Section B: Literature Support
  3. Section C: Solution Description
  4. Section D: Change Model
  5. Section E: Implementation Plan
  6. Section F: Evaluation of Process

Each section (A-F, to be completed in Topics 1-5) will be submitted as separate assignments so your instructor can provide feedback for revision (refer to each Topic for specific assignments).

The final nursing evidence based practice research paper will consist of the completed project (with revisions to all sections), title page, abstract, reference list, and appendices. Appendices will include a conceptual model for the project, handouts, data and evaluation collection tools, a budget, a timeline, resource lists, and approval forms.

Refer to the “EBP Implementation Plan Guide, the “Evidence-Based Practice Project Proposal Format,” and the “Evidence-Based Practice Project Student Example” as tools for developing your proposal.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required for the final paper.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.


EBP Implementation Plan Guide

PICOT Question
Topic 1

Preliminary Checkpoint

·            Identify a health care issue you want to see change.

·            Understand the culture of the organization in its readiness for EBP implementation.

·            Develop PICOT question.

·            Build EBP knowledge and skills.

Topic 2

Checkpoint 1

·            Define project purpose.

·            Who are the stakeholders for your project?

·            Identify active (on the implementation team) and supportive (not on the team, but essential to success) roles.

·            Identify project team roles and leadership.

·            Begin acquisition of any necessary approvals for project implementation and dissemination (e.g., system leadership, unit leadership, ethics board [IRB]).

·            Feasibility:Briefly integrate the evidence with stakeholder influence to inform evidence-based recommendations.

·            Hone PICOT question.

Topic 3

Checkpoint 2

·            Conduct literature search and retain studies that meet criteria for inclusion.

·            Connect with librarian.

·            Critically appraise literature.

·            Summarize evidence with focus on implications for practice.

Topic 4

Checkpoint 3

·            Begin formulating a detailed plan for implementation of evidence.

·            Include who must know about the project, when they will know, how they will know.

·            Connect the evidence and the project.

·            Identify and address known barriers and facilitators of project.

·            Define post-project outcome indicators of a successful project.

Topic 5

Checkpoint 4

·            Define baseline data collection source(s) (e.g., existing data set, electronic health record), methods, and measures.

·            Identify resources (human, fiscal, and other) necessary to complete project.

·            Gather outcome measures.

·            Write data collection protocol.

·            Write the project protocol (data collection fits in this document).

·            Finalize any necessary approvals for project implementation and dissemination (e.g., system leadership, unit leadership, IRB).

Topic 6

Checkpoint 5

·            Finalize protocol for implementation of evidence.

·            Complete final data collection for project evaluation.

·            Include specific plan for how the evaluation will take place: who, what, when, where and how, and communication mechanisms to stakeholders.

Topic 7

Checkpoint 6

·            Complete proposal.

·            Develop proposal presentation.

Topic 8

Checkpoint 7

·            Present proposal.

·            Review proposals, addressing new questions generated from process of the peer review.



Nursing Evidence Based Practice Research Paper Proposal Format

Use the following format and headings when constructing your final Nursing Evidence Based Practice Research Paper

  • Title page
  • Abstract (Minimum of 350 words)
    1. Contains project title, project director’s name, and affiliation.
    2. Presents a complete concise overview of all phases of the proposed project.
  • Section A: Problem Description
  • Section B: Literature Support
  • Section C: Solution Description
  • Section D: Change Model
  • Section E: Implementation Plan
  • Section F: Evaluation
  • Appendices
    1. Critical Appraisal Checklists
    2. Evaluation Table
    3. Conceptual Models
    4. Timeline
    5. Resource List
    6. Proposal Instruments
    7. Data Collection Tool
    8. Budget
    9. Optional
      1. Approval Forms
      2. Handouts
  • Evaluation Tools


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top