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There has been a growing emphasis on evidence as the primary or exclusive basis for nursing practice. This review of literature summarizes concerns about this and calls for a practice epistemology that promotes a greater appreciation for many sources of knowledge for nursing practice.

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Why is it important?

This provides aI critical examination of the evidence-based practice movement and the need to appreciate multiple sources of knowledge for nursing practice.


This paper originated as a presentation at the INANE (Nursing Editors') Conference. I invited my colleagues Peggy Chinn and Leslie Nicoll to join me in developing the presentation for a publication. While evidence-based care is important to everyone, we find the emphasis on evidence as the sole basis for nursing practice limiting. We synthesized the considerable support for this view in the literature and developed recommendations for a more inclusive practice epistemology.

Marlaine Smith
Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

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This page is a summary of: Knowledge for Nursing Practice: Beyond Evidence Alone, Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, February 2021, Springer Publishing Company, DOI: 10.1891/rtnp-d-20-00095.
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