Engaging advanced practice nurses in evidence-based practice: An e-mentoring program

Nicolette Hooge, Deborah Hutch Allen, Rebecca McKenzie, Vinciya Pandian

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Background: Mentoring is highly valued in the nursing profession and essential to building an evidence-based practice (EBP) culture. However, many organizations have a limited number of EBP mentors, who have limited non-clinical time to engage in mentoring. Aims: This project aimed to test whether an e-mentoring approach to nursing inquiry could enhance EBP beliefs (EBPB), increase EBP Implementation (EBPI), and improve Organizational Culture and Readiness for System-Wide Implementation of EBP (OCRSIEP). Methods: A pre-experimental pilot intervention project was implemented utilizing a pretest-posttest design with Advanced Practice Registered Nurses’ (APRNs) in clinical practice. The OCRSIEP, EBPB, and EBPI scales were used to measure organizational readiness for EBP implementation, individual beliefs regarding the value of EBP, and the extent to which nurses integrate scientific evidence into their clinical practice, respectively. The Wilcoxon-Signed Rank test was used to analyze the difference between pretest and posttest scores of an EBP E-mentoring program. A post-hoc analysis was performed to calculate effect sizes. [Correction added on 13 May 2022, after first online publication: The Methods section was revised to add additional details.]. Results: Eleven APRNs completed the pretest and posttest surveys. When comparing the pre-and post-intervention scores, the median EBPB scores increased from 61 (IQR: 56–69) to 70 (IQR: 64–73), median EBPI scores increased from 13 (IQR: 7–33) to 20 (IQR: 13–31), and median OCRSIEP scores increased from 88 (IQR: 73–97) to 99 (IQR: 90–113). Linking Evidence to Action: A 12-week Nurse Inquiry E-mentoring Program can leverage the small number of EBP mentors in an organization to improve EBPB. A program lasting longer in duration may also significantly improve EBPI and OCRSIEP scores. By utilizing technology and leveraging economies of scale, exponentially more nurses can be mentored to create and enhance an EBP culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-244
Number of pages10
JournalWorldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • advanced practice nursing
  • clinical inquiry
  • e-mentoring
  • evidence-based practice
  • mentor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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