Background: The importance of the role of clinical nursing leaders as Evidence-based Practice (EBP) mentors has increased; however, information regarding their experiences is limited. Aims: This study aimed to explore EBP mentors’ lived experiences. Design: This qualitative study used a phenomenological framework suggested by Colaizzi. Methods: The participants were seven EBP mentors working as unit managers in Korea. Data were collected via in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Findings: The experiences of EBP mentors were identified to three categories: ‘challenges in taking on the new role of EBP mentor’, ‘forming intimate EBP mentor-staff nurse relations’ and ‘becoming independent as a facilitator’. The EBP mentors experienced role ambiguity, stress, and burden during the initial phase of EBP mentorship; however, they adjusted and reported positive experiences during the adjustment process. Conclusion: Before implementation an EBP initiative, systematic and educational programs that target the EBP mentors should be offered. A systematic approach to creating an institutional culture of EBP are also needed.
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