Evidence-based practice is not new, but it is changing rapidly in many areas. We have long heard that it can take 12 to 17 years for research to reach the bedside and become a part of our practice. The seemingly rapid adoption and promotion of evidence-based care is one that is aimed at closing this gap. The ability to read and interpret scientific research is a skill for all nurses. Although this book is aimed at the nursing student, it offers information that benefits any bedside nurses interested in improving their skills. Evidence-Based Nursing helps readers understand how to appraise research “at the critical thinking level.” In addition to examining 5 common research types, it provides information about systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines. It also offers information on the evidence-based practice component of patient safety and quality and how to translate evidence-based change into existing practice.