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Welcome to the Evidence-Based Practice LibGuide for students enrolled at St. Petersburg College. 

The purpose of this page is to connect students with information and resources pertinent to Evidence Based Practice (EBP).The tab at the top of the page called, "EBP Course Topics" has seven specific topics related to EBP. Click on any one for more detailed information on that aspect of EBP. If you have any questions or wish to make a research consultation appointment, please contact an HEC librarian.

What is Evidence Based Practice?

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is the cornerstone of professional nursing practice. It is what allows the professional nurses to deliver cutting edge care long after they have left their academic training. Evidence based clinical decision making brings the three components of EBP together:

  1. The best available external evidence (i.e. research)
  2. The best internal evidence (i.e. healthcare professional’s clinical expertise, institutional knowledge)
  3. Patient preferences and values

To become an expert practitioner, you should concentrates on acquiring advanced skills in finding, assessing, analyzing and synthesizing external evidence. You can then merge this data with your clinical and institutional knowledge and your patient’s preferences to allow you to deliver the best care possible. The goal of learning Evidence Based Practice abilities is not just to develop your knowledge and skills, but to improve the care you give your patients throughout your career. This is knowledge that allows you to educate yourself: so hopefully you can always find that as Einstein said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

Quick formula to remember what EBP is:

  • External Evidence + Expertise/Institutional knowledge + Patient Values = Improved Outcomes


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Pinellas Park, FL 33781


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