Integration of Evidenced Based Practice in Professional Nursing

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Integration of Evidence-Based Practice into Professional Nursing Practice Sandra Sparks Chamberlain College of Nursing NR 351: Transitions to Professional Nursing Fall 2010 Introduction During the 1980’s, the term “evidence-based” medicine surfaced to describe the approach that used scientific evidence to determine the best practice. Evidence-based practice is a process that entails reviewing and instilling the most reliable and updated research in patient care. The goal of evidence-based practice is to provide the highest quality care while being most cost efficient. It is a process based on the accumulation, interpretation, and integration of derived evidence.…show more content…
The final stage is the evaluation of the outcome. According to Long and Harrison (1997), (as cited by Nursing and Health Sciences, 2003), evidenced base nursing is the process of systemically finding, appraising, and using contemporaneous research findings as the basis for clinical decisions. Nurses carry out a variety of activities to obtain, recover, and develop the patient’s health and well being. Evidence-based practice helps nurses provide high quality patient care based on research and knowledge rather than because “this is the way we have always done it,” or based on traditions, myths, hunches, or most commonly based on the advice of co-workers. The challenge for nurses is to implement the best intervention and practice informed care by the evidence. Evidence-based practice positions nurses to be a significant influence on health care decisions and a partner in improving quality care. Nursing interventions and processes informed by the best evidence are critical to realizing health-care improvements and cost savings. “Nurses are becoming more independent in their practice, so it is important for them to have evidence to support why they do what they do” (Joseph, 2008, p. 11). By adopting evidence-based practice, the nursing profession can develop a systemic well informed approach to quality patient care. For nurses, the framework for decision making
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