Document Type

White Paper

Original Publication Date



A new version of this diagram has been created and a link to it is below. The update of this diagram provides more details in each step in the process. The Clinical Inquiry Process Diagram (version 3):

Based on the VCUHS Nursing Inquiry Process Diagram (2009)

Date of Submission

July 2015


This diagram outlines the nursing inquiry process when it comes to answering questions that arise in the clinical setting. The diagram shows how a nurse proceeds through the process and when the question is answered though either a evidence based practice project (EBP), a performance improvement (PI) project or when it becomes a research project.

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VCU Libraries Faculty and Staff Publications

VCUHS Inquiry Process Diagram - Black and White.pdf (283 kB)
Black and White Version - Good for Printing