INTRODUCTIONNurses are the single largest group of health providers, and require large amounts of information to provide appropriate care. Information needs centre around drugs, diseases and diagnostic information for nursing assessments, interventions, care planning and teaching (McKnight & Peet, ; Mi, ). On average, one question for every two patients arises throughout any given workday (Del Fiol, Workman, & Gorman, ). As front‐line providers of care, nurses have a professional obligation to use standards of care that demonstrate evidence of effectiveness. Therefore, nurses’ information‐seeking abilities are critical for acquiring evidence‐based answers to aid clinical decision‐making. The primary aim of this study was to determine if an information seeking (IS) competency improves nurses’ (1) knowledge/ability, and (2) frequency of using library resources and appraising evidence. A secondary aim was to examine the effects of nurse characteristics (education, years of experience and professional certification) on nurses’ IS knowledge/ability and usage.BACKGROUNDEvidence‐based practice (EBP) is well known to improve quality, lower costs and improve outcomes in health care (Institute of Medicine (IOM), ). The literature on EBP is extensive, and generally considers EBP to include these five A’s:Ask (a clinical question),Acquire (do literature searches for evidence),Appraise (evaluate research articles),Apply (integrate evidence into practice),
Journal of Nursing Management – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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