Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Jacqueline Haverkamp, DNP, RN, CNP

First Committee Member

John Chovan, PhD, DNP, RN, CNP, CNS

Second Committee Member

Kristin Gardner, MSN, RN

Third Committee Member

Susanne Hess, BSN, MBA


Evidence-based Practice, Leadership, Culture, Beta-blocker

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences


Scientific knowledge is available to guide point of care practice. Due to reported barriers, however, implementation of evidence-based care is not the norm. Current literature supports that knowledge and beliefs about evidence-based practice are related to the extent nurses engage in evidence-based practice. Additionally, current literature describes the positive effects nurse administrators can have on employment of evidence-based practice. The focus of this student nurse executive’s DNP scholarly project, therefore, was to improve use of evidence-based practice by nurses at the point of care using an evidence-based practice benchmark (at the rural Midwestern hospital where employed), specifically beta-blocker administration by providing evidence-based practice education to nurses and nursing leadership working in the intensive care and medical surgical units. Success of the project was measured by noting increased compliance with beta-blocker administration. Success of the project was also determined by a significant positive change in nurses’ beliefs in the benefit of evidence-based practice utilization and cultural readiness to employ evidence-based practice within the organization as evidenced by post-education Evidence-Based Practice Beliefs scale and Organization Culture and Readiness for System-wide Integration of EBP scale scores.



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