The use of standardized tools is of growing value as the healthcare research community responds to a “tsunami of enthusiasm” for evidence-based practice.11 Evidence-based practice refers to healthcare practices based on scientific data that are reliable enough that researchers can replicate the data. Nurses, medical providers, researchers, and administrators share a desire to have patients’ care supported by persuasive evidence that the care given produces the desired therapeutic outcome.22–,66 In the critical care setting, physicians, nurse faculty investigators, or others often ask nurses to participate in research studies. In these situations, a nurse’s role might be limited to that of data collector, using a protocol provided by someone else, or the nurse could take the lead in becoming a true partner. The purpose of this article is to familiarize critical care nurses...

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