Strengthening Nurses’ Competencies in Evaluating Research for Practice: What the Evidence Says

Author(s): Twibell Renee

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Beacon, Evidence-Based Practice, Research

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Evidence-based practice is essential for high quality care. However, nurses may lack confidence in evaluating the rigor of evidence. This intermediate session is a light drama in which a high acuity nurse seeks research to resolve a clinical dilemma. A nurse researcher shares a guide for critiquing research, following the AACN levels of evidence. AACN publications and popular snack foods illustrate research designs, methods and statistics and clarify when research is ready for use in practice.


  • Determine the rigor of research studies from AACN publications and readiness of evidence to be translated into practice.
  • Explain types of published evidence, including original research, quality improvement projects and evidence-based practice initiatives.
  • Evaluate common research designs, methods and statistics through illustrations from recent AACN publications.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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