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Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence - Public Health

Guide to Evidence Based Practice and Knowledge Translation for Public Health.

What is Dissemination?

What is Dissemination?

  • Dissemination is the targeted distribution of information to a specific audience 
    • Choi, B.C. (2005). Understanding the basic principles of knowledge translation. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 59(2:93.
  • Dissemination has the intention to promote the spread of knowledge to enhance application and improve patient outcomes
    • Glasgow, R.E., (2012). National Institutes of Health approaches to dissemination and implementation science: current and future directions.  American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), 1274-1281.

Dissemination Goals

The Goals of Dissemination

  1. Increase the Reach of Evidence
  2. Increase People's Motivation to Use and Apply the Evidence
  3. Increase People's Ability to Use and Apply EvidenceAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) logo with link to website where information is located.



Helpful Strategies for Getting Started

Hanrahan, K.,, (2010). DNP: Advanced role development II

  • Start with a small manageable publication like a book review, opinion letter, clinical procedure, or case study   
  • Start with a poster presentation
  • Write about something you are passionate about
  • Write with a group to share writing tasks
  • Write with an experienced writer or mentor
  • Capitalize on Student‐Faculty collaborations and Academic Practice Partnerships
  • Start with a title and work from there
  • Start with your methods and build from there
  • Schedule time for writing
  • Review the literature and set up a table to sort, organize and synthesize


Giving a Presentation

Speaking in Public

  • Arrive early; Meet with moderator; Test slides and AV equipment
  • Dress comfortably in professional/business attire
  • Make eye contact with and always face your audience; Move about the room
  • Don’t read your presentation directly from the slides; Practice!
  • Know your audience; Use clear language; Speak slowly and clearly; Thank them for their attendance

Q and A

  • Be prepared; Anticipate the questions you might receive and practice your responses
  • Respond clearly and briefly to give others an opportunity to ask their questions
  • Be respectful; Be honest if you do not know the answer


  • Have a printed copy of all of your slides and notes pages

Help Using PowerPoint for a Presentation

Writing for Publication

Writing for Publication

5 Reasons to Write for Publication

Oermann, M. & Hays, J. (2011). Writing for publication in nursing.

  • To share ideas and expertise with other nurses
  • To disseminate evidence and the findings of nursing research studies
  • For promotion, tenure, and other personnel decisions
  • For development of your own knowledge and skills
  • For personal satisfaction

Choosing a Journal

References & Citation Management Tools

There are several tools available to help you manage your references list.  There are both free and fee-based options.