Topic 10 DQ 2
Health care is rapidly changing which means there is a high demand for healthcare practitioners and health organizations to constantly evolve to provide the best quality care. Evidence based practice is applying available evidence with clinical knowledge and expertise while considering patients unique needs and personal preferences (University of Utah, 2021). By using EBP into our daily practice we create a high potential to optimize our patients outcomes as well as healthcare all together. This because it helps us nurses determine an effective course of action for care delivery.
Personally, I think that nurses who have their BSN have a better understanding of EBP. Prior to being in school at GCU, I never took time to research any topics related to my patients. Now I feel that it helps me be a better patient advocate, voice out my concerns or recommendations and have peer-reviewed research to support me.
I will continue to integrate evidence into my practice because it makes me feel confident in my care. I really have a passion for breastfeeding and continuing to do research on this will allow me as a labor and delivery nurse to help my patients and get them the support they need when mine is not enough. Another way I can continue to integrate evidence into my practice is to suggest incorporating EBP into our strip review classes. Each month our perinatologist will go over fetal strips and reviews what could have been done differently. During these classes our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants can present the most recent up to date breastfeeding information.
Pushing for nurses to obtain more breastfeeding education will be a challenge, but if this is not possible all together, it can be broken down into small educational workshops, until nurses feel they can portray their education onto patients. Another obstacle would be timing and being short staffed and unfortunately when this is an issue the strip review class is postponed. To minimize this impact, this class can be scheduled twice or when there is a low census.
Discuss why EBP is an essential component of the practice of a BSN-prepared RN. Identify two ways in which you will continue to integrate evidence into your practice and encourage it within your work environment. What obstacles could challenge this plan, and what steps will you take to minimize their impact?
Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years. There should be a mix between research and your reflections. Add critical thinking in the posts along with research. Apply the material in a substantial way.