Nurse Residency Evidence-Based Practice Curriculum

We are proud to share this new approach to teaching EBP in Nurse Residency. We believe this curriculum will simplify your EBP journey and set up educators, nurses, and leadership for success. 

This curriculum is designed to:

  1. Spark curiosity in our nurse residents regarding the EBP process
  2. Review basic information about the three forms of inquiry-- EBP, Quality Improvement (QI), and Research
  3. Help residents identify resources and tools to determine best practices both within the literature and their organization

Why did we develop this curriculum?

Through our experience, we have learned that “EBP initiatives” or “mini-EBPs” do not allow educators to effectively verify EBP skill acquisition. Additionally, they do not represent the true state of the evidence because residents are limited by time and knowledge to perform an adequate literature review, and therefore cannot be implemented based on sound recommendations.

This curriculum is an abbreviated version of the Johns Hopkins EBP model and is not meant to replace our full EBP course. By using activities and case studies*, nurse residents can practice skills associated with EBP while bypassing many of the pitfalls of other approaches.

* Due to copyright restrictions, case studies are not provided and should be developed by your organization. 

Are we required to use everything in the curriculum?

No! This curriculum is meant to be customized to meet the needs of both educators and nurse residents with multiple options for content delivery for each of the lessons. This comprehensive curriculum includes 10 zipped file lessons. Each lesson contains: 

  • Lesson overview: explaining the objectives and lecture time
  • PowerPoint slide decks (narrated and unnarrated)
  • Optional hands-on activities with answer keys
  • Suggested readings
  • Additional resources from the Johns Hopkins Center for Nursing Inquiry such as podcasts, videos, and blogs

This complete nurse residency curriculum plan is available for your organization to use in its NRP Program for the price of $1750 per site.


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Online JHEBP Course The Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice online course is used by hundreds of organizations and universities to teach the EBP process. This interactive, engaging course teaches how to complete the EBP process using the Johns Hopkins EBP Tools. Coupons can be purchased for your nurse residents to complete the 5-module course for $35 per person (regular price: $75). Coupons are sold in groups of 20 and can be added to your cart in the next step.

Live Consultation: Connect virtually with Johns Hopkins EBP experts to ask questions, discuss content, and create exemplary EBP education for your nurse residency program. The consultation fee is $250 per hour


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PDF icon Lesson 1 Overview: Three Forms of Inquiry 

This is a sample of Lesson 1, hyperlinks have been disabled.

Curriculum Lessons:

  1. Three Forms of Inquiry 
  2. Overview of the EBP Process
  3. Inquiry Resources
  4. Writing a Practice Question
  5. Stakeholder Analysis (optional)
  6. Searching the Literature (optional)
  7. Evidence Appraisal
  8. Summary, Synthesis, and Best Evidence Recommendations
  9. Translation
  10. Dissemination (optional)

Madeleine Whalen, MSN/MPH, CEN, NPD-BC
Evidence-Based Practice Program Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Health System


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