Today’s nurses must provide care that is based on the best available evidence. Creating a program that supports the routine use of evidence-based practice (EBP) can seem complicated and time-consuming. This article provides a practical description of the critical elements to consider when starting an EBP program. A successful program includes built-in organizational supports for clinical inquiry, functional and efficient processes for EBP activities, and added details to sustain momentum and interest over time. Strategies for making EBP part of everyday care are identified, along with suggestions for overcoming barriers to change and ideas for acknowledging nurses for EBP work.

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