Developing research competence to support evidence-based practice

J Prof Nurs. 2005 Nov-Dec;21(6):358-63. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2005.10.011.


This article describes one step in the process that was undertaken to prepare for the introduction of evidence-based practice (EBP) into the curriculum across the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Philosophy programs, as well as the programs that were under development, Clinical Nurse Leader and Doctor of Nursing Practice, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Expected research competencies were identified for each level or academic year within each program. Based on these competencies, recommendations on how to modify the curriculum into one that would support students' acquisition and development of the skills necessary to be successful in matriculating through an EBP curriculum were developed. Evaluation mechanisms for the achievement of these competencies vary across the academic programs and will include performance on capstone projects, comprehensive examinations, and program milestones for doctoral students. The establishment of evidence-based competencies provided a foundation for the development of new teaching approaches and the curricular revisions across the three academic programs. Thus, the University of Pittsburgh model of educating for EBP is based on a sequential layering of research competencies throughout the curriculum.

MeSH terms

  • Competency-Based Education / organization & administration
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / education*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational
  • Models, Nursing
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nursing Research / education*
  • Nursing Research / standards
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Pennsylvania
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • Program Development