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Evidence-informed sources

As a nurse, what evidence-informed sources can I use to support my medication practice?

As a nurse, it’s important to use a variety of evidence-informed sources for any medication practice, including administering, prescribing or dispensing.

Examples of evidence-informed sources might include (but are not limited to):

  • best practice guidelines, including those from professional associations
  • scholarly research
  • current nursing texts
  • the patient’s broader health care team
  • CNO’s practice standards and guidelines
  • information resources, such as Health Canada’s MedEffect Canada and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada

When determining what sources of information are most appropriate to inform your medication practice, use your clinical judgment to assess the individual care needs of each patient, the appropriateness of the medication practice and the practice environment you are working in.  You must also ensure you have the knowledge, skill and judgment to perform any medication practice safely.

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Page last reviewed June 07, 2022