SPN Evidence-Based Practice Toolkit  

The Clinical Practice Committee of the Society of Pediatric Nurses has developed the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) toolkit as an online reference for use by SPN members who are planning or working on EBP projects. This toolkit was written to meet the following objectives:

  • Offer readers an overview of important information on a range of topics pertinent to EBP work
  • Provide references for more in-depth exploration of each of the topics
  • Provide a foundation of information on EBP that will support future expectations for the quality of EBP projects shared with SPN members at conferences and in SPN publications

We hope you will find this toolkit helpful in planning and completing your work in translating evidence into pediatric nursing practice.

The toolkit can be accessed through the SPN Online Education Center

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Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price:
Institutional Price: $250

*To purchase at the institutional rate, contact the SPN National Office.


Inside the EBP Toolkit:

CHAPTER 1: Defining Evidence-Based Practice

Chapter Description

Description of what evidence-based practice projects are and how this work differs from research

CHAPTER 2: Starting with a Clear Purpose Tips for identifying and prioritizing topics. How to use PICOT statement to clarify purpose and scope of project
CHAPTER 3: Finding and Evaluating the Evidence Description of sources and search strategies to find evidence. How to critique and evaluate the evidence
CHAPTER 4: Synthesizing the Evidence Definitions of different summaries of evidence and strategies to manage evidence for decision- making
CHAPTER 5: Piloting Practice Changes Pros and cons of pilots and steps for conducting effective pilots
CHAPTER 6: Implementing Practice Changes Discussion of the science of translating evidence into practice and strategies to improve use of innovation
CHAPTER 7: Evaluation of the Practice Change Description of methods to evaluate process and outcome changes from EBP projects
CHAPTER 8: Making EBP Change Last Strategies to address challenges of sustaining practice improvements over time
CHAPTER 9: Disseminating Results Guidance for presenting results of EBP work in multiple ways
CHAPTER 10: Creating a Culture of Evidence-Based Practice Description of multiple approaches to enhancing the use of and expectations for evidence-based practice work in healthcare settings


Contributing Authors

Cathy Lewis, MSN, RN, Editor
Clinical Nurse Specialist
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

Vicky Bowden
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs Professor, School of Nursing
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

Cynthia Dixon, MSN, RN, CPN
Clinical Resource Nurse
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Dayton, OH

Anne Longo, PhD, MBA, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Sr. Director, Center for Professional Excellence
Cincinnati Children’s
Cincinnati, OH

Peggy MacKay
Staff Nurse
Levine Children’s Hospital Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC

Roberta Terry
Assistant Manager
Saint Francis Medical Center
Cape Girardeau, MO