Comparison of nurses’ self-reported and objectively measured evidence-based practice knowledge

Amy Hagedorn Wonder, Angela M. McNelis, Darrell Spurlock, Pamela M. Ironside, Shelley Lancaster, Carmen R. Davis, Marlena Gainey, Nancy Verwers

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Background: This study provides a first-time, objective assessment of the evidence-based practice (EBP) knowledge of RNs working in Magnet®-designated hospitals. Method: This multisite, cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational study uses the Evidence-Based Practice Knowledge Assessment in Nursing (EKAN) and Evidence- Based Practice Questionnaire (EBPQ). Results: EBPQ subscale scores revealed overall positive self-ratings of EBP knowledge/skills, attitudes, and practice/ use. EKAN sum scores were not correlated with EBPQ scores (r = .017 to .123, p = not significant). Higher levels of nursing education were associated with higher scores on EKAN and were the only statistically significant predictor of EKAN scores. Conclusion: Nurses’ self-reported EBP knowledge/ skills, attitudes, and practice/use were not statistically significantly correlated with objectively measured EBP knowledge. Direct, objective measurement is recommended as the standard when testing interventions aimed at advancing EBP knowledge, skills, and ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education
  • Review and Exam Preparation

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Wonder, A. H., McNelis, A. M., Spurlock, D., Ironside, P. M., Lancaster, S., Davis, C. R., Gainey, M., & Verwers, N. (2017). Comparison of nurses’ self-reported and objectively measured evidence-based practice knowledge. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 48(2), 65-70.