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Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice

A companion guide for Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice at Upstate

What is the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidenced-Based Practice Model?

"The JHNEBP Model is a powerful problem-solving approach to clinical decision-making, and is accompanied by user-friendly tools to guide individual or group use. It is designed specifically to meet the needs of the practicing nurse and uses a three-step process called PET: practice question, evidence, and translation. The goal of the model is to ensure that the latest research findings and best practices are quickly and appropriately incorporated into patient care."

Reference: The Johns Hopkins Nursing Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Models and Tools.

Learning About the Model

Image of the JH Nursing EBP Model: Inquiry leads to the PET Process within a cycle of practice and learning, which leads to best practices, and then practice improvement, which finally lead back to inquiry.


Dang, D., & Dearholt, S. (2017). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice: model and guidelines. 3rd ed. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.


The PET Process

Image of the PET process: An arrow going left to right. Three circles along the arrow read: Practice Question, Evidence, Translation


Evidence-Based Practice is an explicit three step process. 

  • Identify the practice question
  • Identify the best evidence to answer question
  • Translate the evidence to practice
This guide was created by adapting materials from The Johns Hopkins Nursing Center for Evidence-Based Practice.