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St. Joseph's Medical Center: Nursing Resources

Serving Stockton, California

Nursing Books

Nursing eBooks on ClinicalKey for Nursing

Nursing Databases

Nursing CEUs

In the State of California, Registered nurses are required by law to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every two years. SJMC Medical Library has print and electronic resources available for our nurses to help meet their CE requirements.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Selected specific new recommendations and/or updates that may change usual clinical practice. 

Nursing Tutorial - Evidence Based Practice

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-Based Nursing is, “an ongoing process by which evidence, nursing theory and the practitioners’ clinical expertise are critically evaluated and considered, in conjunction with patient involvement, to provide delivery of optimum nursing care for the individual” . 

EBN is an approach to practice that is intended to improve the safety and effectiveness of nursing care and practices.

EBP graphic illustration


The 5 Steps of EBP: Evidence-based practice consists of five steps:

ASSESS the patient

ASK a searchable clinical question

ACQUIRE the best evidence to answer the question

APPRAISE the evidence

APPLY to the patient

Also consider the Type of Question you are asking and determine what Study Type might be most relevant. 

Most Clinical Questions:  Meta-analyses, systematic reviews
Therapy: Randomized Controlled Trial
Diagnosis:  Prospective, blind controlled trial compared to gold standard
Prognosis:  Cohort study, case control, case series/case report

A collection of articles from American Journal of Nursing were developed to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time.This series has received the Nursing Media Award for Print from Sigma Theta Tau International Awards for Nursing Excellence.

Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step

Provided by Penn State University Library