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 the former senior vice president and chief nurse executive at OnCourse Learning. Williamson continues to write for Nurse.com and serve in an advisory role.
Welcome to Nurse.com evidence-based practice digital edition. We've designed these digital resources to provide comprehensive information on different topics that will engage and inform nurses in all settings and specialties. In this edition we look at EBP, 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 digital edition, 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. 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 editions. We always will be happy to hear from you!
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By Eileen P. Williamson
MSN, RN
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 resource. 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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Be a driving force behind EBP
Learn why evidence is a must when it comes to quality patient care.
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Nurses cross into research
Nurses are doing the digging to find answers to their practice questions.
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Get to the root of it
Master the basics of EBP and learn how to start your own project.
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Research feeds good practice
Turn a patient care idea into practice by starting with solid research.
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You hold the power
Bedside nurses have the ability to make significant practice changes.
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Making the grade
Evidence is a moving target. Be ready to adjust EBP policies.
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Protect the children
Pain management is a big deal when it comes to the littlest patients.
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Meet a wound care expert
RN Nancy Morgan tells you what really works wound care.
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FREE CE: What's new in EBP?
Learn the latest about ICU sedation, CLABSIs, and more.
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EBP blasts make an impact
A nurse successfully expands healthcare access for her patients.
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Fuel career satisfaction
Use new evidence to transform your old practices.
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CE Catalog
Boost your knowledge of EBP with these education modules.
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Follow the evidence
You know EBP is important; now grasp the strategies behind it.
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The journey continues
Driving interest in EBP is not always easy, but it’s worth the effort.
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An unacceptable risk
Periop nurses are striving to decrease pressure ulcers.
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Training days
Patient-centered care plus team science equals dazzling results.
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Pregame practice
Nursing students are being to appreciate the value of EBP.
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Poor self-care is a safety issue
Nurses who do not address fatigue can jeopardize patients.
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Create a dream team
A children's hospital shows how interdisciplinary care pays off.
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It's all about the team
Learn how the TeamSTEPPS strategy took shape.
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Patient care gets revamped
A cancer center reboots bedside reporting and improves care.
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