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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-60

Perceived evidence-based practice competency among Saudi nurse managers

Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Hafr Al Batin, Hafr Al Batin, Saudi Arabia

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Majed Alamri
Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Hafr Al Batin, Hafr Al Batin
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_149_20

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Background: Nurse managers have a vital part in the integration of evidence-based practice (EBP) in the clinical setting. This study measures perceived EBP competency among Saudi nurse managers. This survey was conducted in four government hospitals in Saudi Arabia. Methods: A total of 308 Saudi nurse managers in four government hospitals utilizing a descriptive cross-sectional method were employed. A survey was used to determine the EBP competency. Nurse managers are somewhat competent in EBP (1.19). This holds true in both subcategories: knowledge (1.15) and activities (1.21). It was observed that the fewer years' experience as a manager the better the EBP competency. Conclusion: There is a need to review the strategies to integrate EBP in actual practice in the Kingdom, especially since EBP is associated with nurses as a researchers' role. EBP competency (1.0) is 0.78 EBP activity and 0.22 EBP knowledge. Only years of experience impacted EBP competency when linear regression was run. Nurse managers new to a unit perceived that they are more competent and show the willingness to learn, implement, and utilize EBP.

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