Evidence-Based Practice Toolkit for Nursing

Created by OHSU Clinical Inquiry Council


In 2015, OHSU Healthcare adopted the Johns Hopkins Nursing for Evidence-Based Practice model to frame clinical inquiry initiatives. 

Navigating this guide

With the JHNEBP in mind, use the tabs of this guide to learn:

  • How to ask a searchable clinical question
  • What types of evidence to look for
  • Where to search for the best evidence
  • How to appraise the evidence you find
  • ...and how to get help!

What is EBP

EBP is a problem-solving approach to clinical decision-making within a health care organization. It integrates the best available scientific evidence with the best available experiential (patient and practitioner) evidence. EBP considers internal and external influences on practice and encourages critical thinking in the judicious application of such evidence to the care of individual patients, a patient population, or a system (Newhouse, Dearholt, Poe, Pugh, & White, 2007).

Dearholt, Sandra L., and Dang, Deborah. Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice : Models and Guidelines (2nd Edition).

Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step

EBP, Step by Step:  Article series from The American Journal of Nursing

Written from 2009 - 2011, AJN’s Series is developed to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time. The case scenario used throughout is Rapid Response Teams.

Johns Hopkins Evidence Based Practice Model

From Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice : Model and guidelines
Dearholt, S. & Dang, D. (Eds.). (2018). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice : Model and guidelines (3rd ed). Sigma Theta Tau International.


The 3 Phases of EBP

The JH Evidence-based Practice Model consists of three phases:

Practice: Develop and refine your question and your team

Evidence: Search, appraise, summarize and synthesize internal and external sources of evidence.

Translation: Create and implement an action plan, evaluate outcomes, disseminate findings.