Home > The Practice of Nursing > Tools for Practice > Primary Care Toolkit > Evidence Based Practice

Evidence Based Practice

Evidence-based decision-making is essential for optimizing patient outcomes, improving clinical practice, achieving cost-effective nursing care and ensuring accountability and transparency in decision-making. A variety of sources are available to primary care registered nurses and nurse practitioners to facilitate their use of evidence and incorporate it with their individual values, client choice, theories, clinical judgment ethics, legislation and practice environment (CNA, 2002).

The following links provide clinical practice guidelines, medical directives, and tools for registered nurses and nurse practitioners to incorporate into their daily practice.

Clinical Guidelines

Anticoagulation Therapy


Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Complex Care

Congestive Heart Failure


Disordered Sleep


Geriatric Health


Infection Control


Mental Health

Pain Management

Other Medical Directives

Pediatric Care

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Tools & Resources

Best Practices