Exploring the contribution of the Clinical Librarian to facilitating evidence-based nursing

TOD, A., BOND, B., LEONARD, N., GILSENAN, I. J. and PALFREYMAN, S. J. (2007). Exploring the contribution of the Clinical Librarian to facilitating evidence-based nursing. Journal of clinical nursing, 16 (4), 621-629.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01726.x
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Aim. To examine the potential role of the Clinical Librarian in facilitating evidence-based practice of nurses in acute hospital settings and develop a model for the role. Background. There is a growing policy and professional expectation that nurses will seek out and apply evidence in their clinical practice. Studies have demonstrated that nurses experience barriers in working with an evidence-based approach. The role of Clinical Librarian has been used in other countries and within medicine to overcome some of the barriers to evidence-based practice. There are limitations in the previous work in terms of rigour of evaluation, scope of the Clinical Librarian role and application to nursing in a UK setting. Design. A qualitative consultation of 72 nurses in acute care settings. Methods. Six consultation group interviews of between 4–19 participants. Written records were recorded by the scribe. Content analysis was undertaken to identify the range and frequency of comments. Results. Clinical questions currently go unanswered because of barriers of time, skills deficits and access to resources. Literature searching, skills training and evidence dissemination were the main areas of work the staff requested that a Clinical Librarian should undertake. It was anticipated that the Clinical Librarian could interact and work productively with nursing staff with a limited but regular presence on the ward. Interim communication could be via e-mail, phone and written suggestions and requests for work. It was seen to be vital that the Clinical Librarian worked in partnership with staff to build evidence-based practice capacity and ensure clinical relevance of the work. Conclusions. This study has generated the first model for the Clinical Librarian role with an emphasis on nursing. It is derived from the views of clinical nurses. Recommendations are made for the implementation and evaluation of such a role. Relevance to clinical practice. The Clinical Librarian could be an invaluable support to promoting evidence-based nursing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: action research, case study research, clinical librarian, evidence-based practice, nurses, nursing
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01726.x
Page Range: 621-629
Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 15:24
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 09:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1769

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