2021-22 Nursing Professional Development Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Academy Candidate Application


The purpose of the Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Academy is to enhance the EBP competencies of NPD practitioners to enable them to fulfill their role as champions of scientific inquiry and mentor other healthcare professionals in the implementation of EBP practices.


The EBP Academy is a 12-month mentored program designed to guide the NPD practitioner through creating PICOT questions, gathering and critically appraising literature, and EBP implementation, evaluation, dissemination, and sustainment. The Academy consists of a live kick-off webinar, 2 pulse checks, and 26 asynchronous modules. In addition, participants complete one overall EBP initiative at their organization over the course of the year. Participants are required to submit abstracts to share their EBP initiative outcomes at the ANPD Annual Convention.

The EBP Academy launches its 2021 cohort on a live webinar kickoff on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 1 pm – 3 pm Eastern


  • Registered nurse functioning in an NPD/education role in any practice setting 
  • Registered nurse interested in personal professional development in preparation for a role in an NPD/education role in any practice setting

Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit CV/resume (through online application)
  • Submit personal letter of interest through online application (max. 1500 words), addressing all of the the following points. Consider Standard 9. Evidence-Based Practice and Research from the 2016 Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice in your responses.
    1. Address your champion of scientific inquiry role within your organization and/or ANPD (at any level – affiliate, national); describe how you promote EBP within your organization. 
    2. How can you further EBP in your organization and nationally?
    3. Part of the requirement of the program is an EBP initiative within your organization. Please provide a general description of a potential work-based EBP initiative that you could implement and how it integrates with your organization's strategic plan.
  • Provide a letter of support (through online application) from a leader/supervisor that addresses all of the following:
    1. Candidate's level of engagement within the organization
    2. Qualities that make candidate a strong candidate for the NPD Evidence-Based Practice Academy
    3. Statement of organizational support for the candidate (commitment of leadership to allow candidate to participate)
    4. Support for completion of EBP initiative (oversight/mentoring/necessary resources including time)
    5. Support for initiative dissemination if needed
    6. Willingness to provide candidate evaluation before and after participation in the NPD EBP Academy

Responsibilities of Participants

  • Complete a pre-academy survey: Evidence-Based Practice Beliefs Scale (EBPS)
  • Actively participate in live kickoff and pulse checks
  • Monthly engagement with mentor
  • Adhere to established timelines
  • Complete EBP modules
  • Complete EBP knowledge test
  • Complete EBP deliverables
  • Complete EBP initiative
  • Disseminate findings from initiative (submit for presentation at ANPD and publication in Trendlines or JNPD)
  • Complete a post-academy survey: Evidence-Based Practice Beliefs Scale (EBPS)
  • Advocate for the NPD Evidence-Based Practice Academy program
  • Apply to serve as a potential mentor for subsequent EBP Academy participants

EBP Academy Program Format

Academy Pre-work:  Complete Evidence-Based Practice Beliefs Scale (EBPS)

Stage One: Kick-off and Asynchronous Modules

Section 1: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice – Synchronous kick-off

  • Overview of Academy
  • EBP definition
  • Spirit of inquiry
  • Expectations of the Academy
  • How to work with mentor

Section 2: PICOT Question – Asynchronous computer-based modules

  • Population/Patient
  • Intervention/Indicator
  • Comparison/Control
  • Outcome/Time
  • Case Studies

Section 3: How to Gather and Critically Appraise Literature – Asynchronous computer-based modules

  • Levels of Evidence
  • Conducting a literature search
  • Resources: Websites & databases
  • Resources: Internal information
  • Validity, impact, applicability
  • Elements influencing robustness
  • Data analysis, results, discussion, clinical significance, references
  • Summarization and synthesis of findings

Section 4: Preparing for EBP – Asynchronous computer-based modules

  • Assessing readiness to implement EBP
  • Overcoming barriers/Establishing a culture of clinical inquiry

Section 5: Implementation of EBP Plan – Asynchronous computer-based modules

  • Determining fit, feasibility, appropriateness, integration with clinical expertise and patient preferences, and learner preferences
  • Developing a recommendation/action plan/key stakeholders/champion
  • Incremental implementation - Conducting a pilot study/monitoring progress

Section 6: Evaluation of Outcomes – Asynchronous computer-based modules

  • Data analysis (Quantitative)
  • Data analysis (Qualitative)
  • Revising processes based on data
  • Determining return on investment (ROI)
  • Hospital-wide rollout

Section 7: Dissemination of Outcomes – Asynchronous computer-based modules

  • Sharing findings with participants, organization
  • Abstracts/Conferences/Manuscripts/Publications

Section 8: Partnering and Sustaining – Asynchronous computer-based modules

  • Achieving sustainability by creating EBP committees and partnering with various other entities

Section 9: Creating an EBP poster


Stage Two: Pulse Checks and EBP Initiative

Participants implement an EBP initiative within their organization.


Stage Three: Dissemination

A poster presentation based on EBP initiative implemented during Stage Three is required for the 2023 ANPD conference.

Complete Post-assessment: Evidence-Based Practice Beliefs Scale (EBPS)


EBP Initiative (due by September 2022)


  • Work-focused (of value to participant’s organization)
  • Oversight by organizational mentor/sponsor
  • Aligns with candidate’s organization’s strategic plan
  • Integrates EBP
  • Includes interprofessional collaboration/continuing education as appropriate
  • Outcome-based (ROI, patient outcomes, measurable organizational outcomes)

Outcome-based continuing education is offered for the EBP initiative. You are attesting to understanding the following criteria upon submission of this application.


Outcome Levels

  • Level 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the EBP process by as evidenced by an 80% or higher on the EBP knowledge test.
  • Level 2: Collaborate with the nurse planner and assigned EBP Academy mentor to finalize the initiative charter. Articulate the process for initiative implementation within the organization.
  • Level 3: Guide the planning, implementation, and evaluation of an evidence-based initiative within the organization as evidenced by completion of an executive summary signed by the organizational sponsor. 
  • Level 4: Present various components of the evidence-based initiative through poster or panel presentation during the annual ANPD convention meeting 100% of poster submission or panelist rubric criteria.


Evaluation Methods

  • Level 1: Validation of score of 80% or higher on the EBP knowledge test by the nurse planner/Leadership Academy facilitator.
  • Level 2: Visible evidence of initiative charter completion verified by the nurse planner/Leadership Academy facilitator.
  • Level 3: Visible evidence of executive summary completion verified by the nurse planner/Leadership Academy facilitator and organizational sponsor’s signature.
  • Level 4: Visible evidence of executive summary selection for panel presentation or poster abstract acceptance for ANPD’s annual convention.

Criteria for awarding level achievement credit: completion of 100% of incremental requirements as noted above.


$995 for ANPD members

$1500 for non-members

Justification Letter

Download our justification letter to portray to your supervisor or manager how you and your facility would benefit from your participation in ANPD’s Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Academy.

Continuing Education

Association for Nursing Professional Development is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


The deadline to apply is Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm CT.

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