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Experts outline evidence-based practice competencies for healthcare facilities

New STTI book translates EBP concepts for easy application in daily practice use

Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International 

INDIANAPOLIS — Hospitals and healthcare systems around the world have attempted to build and sustain evidence-based practice (EBP) cultures and environments, yet they have struggled to clearly understand what EBP competency means.

In “Implementing the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Competencies in Healthcare,” EBP leaders Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, Ellen Fineout-Overholt, and Lynn Gallagher-Ford discuss EBP competencies for practicing nurses and advanced practice nurses, outline methods to achieve the competencies, and highlight strategies for implementation in real-world clinical practice settings in a user-friendly guidebook format.

In the United States, EBP has been recognized as a key factor in meeting the Quadruple Aim in healthcare, which improves the patient experience of care, the health of populations, and the work life for clinicians, as well as reduces the per capita cost of healthcare. Despite its tremendous positive outcomes, EBP is still not the standard of care in healthcare systems throughout the United States and the rest of the world. As a result, many research-based interventions or treatments have never been used in clinical settings even though they have been proven to improve healthcare outcomes.

“Competence in the EBP process is essential for clinicians to achieve sustainable evidence-based change, which is what guarantees us best practices and therefore, best outcomes,” Fineout-Overholt said. 

The book is available at

“Implementing the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Competencies in Healthcare”
By Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN; Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC; and Ellen Fineout-Overholt, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Published by STTI, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781940446424
EPUB ISBN: 9781940446431
PDF ISBN: 9781940446448
MOBI ISBN: 9781940446455
Price: US $59.95
Trade paperback, 344 pages
Trim size: 7 3/8 x 9 1/8

About the authors

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, is Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University (OSU) and Professor at OSU’s College of Medicine. 

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC, is Director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice (CTEP) and Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at OSU. 

Ellen Fineout-Overholt, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, is the Mary Coulter Dowdy Distinguished Nursing Professor in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler.


The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 510 chapters are located at approximately 706 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at