Be a driving force behind quality care
Evidence-based practice makes nurses more effective, dynamic
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, is senior vice president and chief nurse executive at OnCourse Learning, where she leads nursing programs and initiatives. She writes for Nurse.com; heads the national nursing excellence GEM Awards program; chairs company advisory board meetings; and represents OnCourse Learning on various healthcare committees and boards and at regional and national nursing and healthcare programs and meetings. She also is a board member and past president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, a constituent league of the National League for Nursing.
Welcome to the third in our 2017 series of Nurse.com digital resource guides. We've designed these guides to provide comprehensive information on different topics that will engage and inform nurses in all settings and specialties. In this guide we look at evidence-based practice, a topic sure to be of interest to nurses who want to elevate their professional practices.
The concept of evidence-based nursing dates back to nursing's founder, Florence Nightingale, a pioneer in using the science of statistics in her patient care. Once considered something that would only interest practicing nurses, EBP also is an important nursing education tool for preparing knowledgeable, competent nurses. Today, nurse leaders as well as novice nurses and nursing students embrace this practice as a vital force in driving quality care.
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Today, nurse leaders as well as novice nurses and nursing students embrace this practice as a vital force in driving quality care.”
— Eileen Williamson, RN
In this guide, we’ve included a primer on what EBP is and great tips on turning research into evidence-based care. You’ll also find an informative CE module; a Q&A with a nurse leader; and articles on applying evidence-based models to safety practices, adjusting EBP based on changing evidence, a pediatric pain management program and much more.
We hope you’ll enjoy this special resource guide. Tell us what you think, and let us know if it helped your practice. Please continue to share all your thoughts, comments and questions with us as you read future guides. We always will be happy to hear from you!
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By Eileen P. Williamson
MSN, RN Senior vice president and chief nurse executive
Evidence-based practice provides opportunities for nursing care to be more individualized, streamlined and dynamic. It also maximizes the effects of nurses’ clinical judgment and experience. The need for EBP in nursing is now widely accepted, as is the importance of knowing what constitutes hard evidence. To date, many EBP models have been designed to help nurses get the best evidence available for use in their patient care, whether the evidence comes from empirical information, research, expert opinions, case studies or other sources.

Maybe you're wondering what is the best way to implement an EBP model at your organization or how EBP can help you keep your own practice current and move your career ahead. We hope you’ll find answers to these and other questions in this convenient digital guide. We have filled it with relevant and useful articles that you’ll go re-read often for specific answers and information.
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Get to the root of it
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Master the basics of EBP and learn how to start your own project.
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Research seeds practice
Turn a patient care idea into evidence-based practice by starting with solid research.
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Fuel career satisfaction
Rejuvenate your career with new evidence that transforms old practices.
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EBP blasts make an impact
A nurse who manages six clinics successfully expands healthcare access and relieve congestion.
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CE Catalog
Boost your knowledge of evidence-based practice processes in various settings with these education offerings.
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Self-care is a safety issue
Nurses who work nights or rotating shifts can suffer from sleep deprivation, which negatively impact their health and puts patients at risk.
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Create a dream team
Interprofessional collaboration and care has the potential improve outcomes and processes.
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Follow the evidence
You know EBP is important; now grasp the strategies and thought processes behind it by taking this CE module.
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Pregame practice for students
Nursing students are being taught the importance of providing high-quality care that’s supported by evidence.
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TeamSTEPPS improves communication
TeamSTEPPS was created as a nursing strategy to improve patient safety. Learn how the model took shape.
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Elevate your care
Learn why evidence-based practice is a must when it comes to quality patient care.
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Hold the power for change
Bedside nurses have the ability to make significant practice changes in the workplace.
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Making the grade
Use your critical thinking skills to continue to reevaluate evidence and adjust EBP, if necessary.
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Protect them from pain
Age-appropriate EBP helped nurses reduce pain levels in their young patients.
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The journey continues
Nurse leaders have the difficult task of increasing participationin EBP, but they know it’s worth the effort.
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An unacceptable risk
Perioperative nurses are striving to decrease the risk of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
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Training days
Managing the healthcare of specific patient populations using EBP to drive clinical decision making has become a necessity.
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Patient care gets revamped
Cancer center uses evidence-based studies and patient input to make changes to bedside reporting, elevate patient safety and improve care.
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