Background In order that evidence-based nursing practices can be integrated into the clinic and that the nurses have a critical perspective, the principles and the value of evidence-based practices should be given at undergraduate nursing education.
Aim This research has been conducted in order to determine the attitudes of nursing students towards evidence-based nursing.
Methods The descriptive research has been conducted in Selcuk University Faculty of Health Sciences between March 1 and April 1, 2014. Research data were gathered from 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade 263 nursing students with a questionnaire form prepared by the researchers and ‘The Attitude towards Evidence-Based Nursing’ (AEBN) and was evaluated by average, percentage and t-test.
Results 60% of the students participating in the research were between 21–23 years old. 57,8% of the students were taking the research course, 57, 4% of weren’t reading any journals of nursing, 53,6% didn’t participate in any scientific activity. The point average of AEBN was 57,33 ± 8, 88. A statistically significant difference was found between the attitudes towards taking the research course, reading journals of nursing, participating in scientific activities, the desire to make research after graduation and the AEBN scale score. (Respectively t = 2,276, p = 0,024, t = 2,174 p = 0,031, t = 2,580 p = 0,010, t = 6,856 p = 0,000).
Conclusion It has been found that the AEBN scale score of the students participating in professional scientific studies was high. It was concluded that the practices for evidence-based nursing should be increased and inclusive education should be given so that the results can be adapted into clinical setting.