2022-216 – Nurse Manager Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Competency Scale

Brief, valid, and reliable assessment tool measuring the evidence-based competencies specifically of frontline nurse leaders· Reliability and validity of the scale has been demonstrated. Used in implementation science to describe contextual factors pr…
  • Brief, valid, and reliable assessment tool measuring the evidence-based competencies specifically of frontline nurse leaders· Reliability and validity of the scale has been demonstrated.
  • Used in implementation science to describe contextual factors promoting or hindering adoption of evidence-based clinical interventions
  • Essential for assessment of organizational leaders’EBP competencies as they build capacity for use of EBPs in healthcare.

Abstract:

The Nurse Manager EBP Competency Scale is a 16-question, self-administered instrument to measure competencies of nurse leaders regarding evidence-based practice. The instrument assesses evidence-based competencies in two domains: (1) Their knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice, and (2) Their activity/actions supportive of evidence-based practices on their units.

The scale uses a 4-point Likert scale consisting of 16 items for nurse managers to indicate their perceived level of competency in understanding and applying key evidence-based concepts. Scoring of the scale results in a total competency score, and two subscale scores—one for evidence-based knowledge and one for evidence-based activity/action. A guide is provided to score the instrument and interpret the findings.

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Advantages:

Nurse leaders are ideally situated to influence the use of EBPs in healthcare, as well as fostering unit climates supportive of EBP. There is a critical gap, however, in instruments designed to assess evidence-based practices of nurse managers. It is essential to assess competencies of nurse leaders in promoting use of evidence-based healthcare practices to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. The Nurse Manager EBP Competency Scale is short (only 16 items), has established reliability and validity, is easy to score, and was developed by experts in healthcare leadership and EBP.

Potential Applications:

The Nurse Manager EBP Competency Scale can be used in research. For example, research about factors influencing adoption of a specific evidence-based clinical intervention (e.g. fall prevention) might assess the EBP competencies of nurse managers to explore the association between the NM EBP competencies and level of adoption of the fall prevention practices.

The Nurse Manager EBP Competency Scale can also be used for organizational improvement to assess organizational leadership regarding evidence-based practice. For example, an organization or health system might use the Nurse Manager EBP Competency Scale to assess nurse managers competencies regarding EBP knowledge or activities and then design educational programs to address areas in need of improvement. Similarly, if the assessment findings reveal a group of nurse managers with high competency, they could mentor those with lower competency scores and thereby improve unit climate for EBP implementation.

Contact Information:

Name : 2022-216 License

Email : 2022-216-License@umich.edu

Phone : 734-763-0614