The Evidence-Nursing Practice Connection
Improving patient care and outcomes is paramount to the practice of nursing. As we conclude our learning journey through our world of research and evidence-based practice, it is important to reflect upon your time spent in the course:
Think about nursing practice and describe one barrier that you feel prohibits nurses from engaging in EBP; share one strategy you could use to facilitate the use of evidence to help improve nursing care for patients.
Reflect back over your time in the course and describe how your thinking has changed about nursing research and evidence-based practice; describe one new learning during this course that you believe was the most helpful.
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a systematic method used by nursing professionals to apply research findings to nursing practice (Mackey & Bassendowski, 2017). It is crucial to include the patients values and preference for effective execution of evidence into practice. The clinician should also know how to sort the best practice out of the rest (Mackey & Bassendowski, 2017). The major barriers to implementing evidence-based practice include time and lack of knowledge (Duncombe, 2018). EBP requires extensive research to acquire the best practice. Knowledge is crucial when critiquing and appraising the literature obtained from the research. Lack of knowledge deters the nurse from synthesizing knowledge and analyzing data from medical records (Duncombe, 2018).
Engaging the administration in the process is vital as it help in the implementation process. Administration support is critical since it can facilitate organizational culture to accommodate EBP in care delivery (Mackey & Bassendowski, 2017). Changing the organizational culture is not easy as it requires behavioral change. Working together can effectively help in creating an EBP environment.
Evidence-based practice serves to promote nursing care and the patients outcome. In this case, it is vital for the nursing practice to educate their professionals. I believe there is room to improve care delivery through adequate research. Research is the basis of EBP as it is critical to evaluate evidence, include expertise and assess the value for specific approaches (Mackey & Bassendowski, 2017). I also believe that the process improves the organization and individuals participating in this process.
I further believe that clinical decision making has improved when implementing EBP in the nursing practice. The professionals have the ability to engage clinical decision-making as they formulate the most effective approach. The healthcare practitioner can assess the patient’s preference. Healthcare awareness improves as nurses learn different approaches from medical literature. This is important since the nurse can identify the most suitable approach to improve their patient’s health.
Duncombe, D. C. (2018). A multi-institutional study of the perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(5-6), 1216-1226.
Mackey, A., & Bassendowski, S. (2017). The history of evidence-based practice in nursing education and practice. Journal of Professional Nursing, 33(1), 51-55.