Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is a thoughtful integration of the best available evidence along with clinical expertise. It helps health practitioners of all varieties to address health care questions with an evaluative and qualitative approach. EBP allows the nurse to assess current and past research, clinical guidelines, and other information resources in order to find relevant literature and differentiating between good quality and bad quality findings at the same time. Evidence-Based Practice includes five steps: Step 1: Forming a good question
Step 2: Identifying articles and other resources that answer the question Step 3: Critically reviewing the evidence to assess its validity Step 4: Applying the evidence
Step 5: Reviewing the application of evidence along with areas for improvement The American Nurses Association (ANA), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, and the Joint Commission require health care facilities to demonstrate that their nurses include research findings into practice. Because of this, there is an increase demand for resources to help nurses learn EBP skills and to secure the structures necessary to implement EBP. Unfortunately, EBP was not part of graduate nursing education until recently. The Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing is designed to provide master’s-prepared nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to promote and implement EBP in health care organizations.
I think we use EBP where I work in our C-3 Meetings. We set up a time and day to meet with the family and the patient to discuss our plan of care and review the diagnosis with them. The Case Manager, doctor, DCS, wound care, PT/OT/ST and nursing are present. They ask questions, we provide information to them to answer their questions and we tell them what to expect out of each discipline present. The patient and families love it and say that it really answers their questions and concerns.
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