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Nursing is a life long learning profession. The main aim of the nurse is to provide and deliver better care to the patients and maintain the healthy environment. In the nursing profession evidence based practice has played an important role in enhancing the delivery of the care and treatment to the patients.
Evidence based practice is not only concerned with the patient’s treatment, care or diagnosis but also enables nurses to act and perform, make decisions and critical thinking. But sometimes there are some of the barriers occurs while practicing evidence based care or practice. The lack of up to date evidence as well as proper answer of the questions in the evidence based practice makes it more critical. Sometimes the evidence based practice or the information provided are not updated and which results in wrong calculation or working strategy. Most of the time at present scenario evidence based practice is not accepted due to lack of proper information which causes barrier in evidence based practice. According to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, education is necessary but not sufficient to change practice, and didactic continuing education alone does little to change practice behavior. There is little evidence that inter professional education as compared to discipline-specific education improves EBP. Interactive education, used in combination with other practice-reinforcing strategies, has more positive effects on improving EBP than didactic education alone. “Nurses must identify barriers to the use of evidence in practice and implement strategies to overcome them” (Houser, 2018, p.27).
Evidence based practice has many advantages regarding taking care of the patients. For example, a patient is more prone to get infection in the hospital. To prevent this infection, proper hygiene, cleaning of the hospital as well as disinfectant are used to prevent transmission of infection. This maintenance is the evidence based practice. This will improve the quality of care provided to the patient.
The nursing profession is not only confined to a particular place or duty but it has vast responsibilities as well as duties. Educating people, promoting health care and also providing counseling to the patient are important task. Critical thinking skills is most helpful as it enables nurses to act, think as well as make decisions at unfavorable circumstances.
One new area that I believe will be helpful for me as I continue in the nursing profession is to join the journal team at my facility. I plan to be an active member where I can help make an impact on improving areas in the nursing profession that needs improvement.
Houser, J. (2018). Nursing research: Reading, using, and creating evidence (4th ed.) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2659/ (Links to an external site.)
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Week 8 Discussion: The Evidence-Nursing Practice Connection (graded)
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This week’s graded topics relate to the following Course Outcome (CO).
CO 1: Examine the sources of evidence that contribute to professional nursing practice. (PO 7)
CO 5: Recognize the role of research findings in evidence-based practice. (PO 7 & 8)
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.