Think about nursing practice and describe one barrier that you feel prohibits nurses from engaging in EBP; share one strategy you could use to facilitate the use of evidence to help improve nursing care for patients.
I feel one barrier that prevents EBP is the amount of ADNs currently in practice. I can say that as an associate prepared nurse, although I certainly heard of EBP, I did not give much time, thought or effort to it. Ignorance is bliss. My journey becoming a BSN has showed me the beauty and necessity of EBP. Knowledge is essential. The University of Florida reports that completing a BSN “enables nurses to incorporate evidence-based practice in nursing and move into leadership roles” (2016). By keeping up to date with the ever evolving practice of medicine, I can improve nursing care. Our textbook tells us “by monitoring and acting on outcomes achieved with evidence-based care, nurses are able to continuously adapt their care to the changing needs of patients” (2018). We need to be informed, up to date, and actively assessing/measuring patient outcomes!
Reflect back over your time in the course and describe how your thinking has changed about nursing research and evidence-based practice; describe one new learning during this course that you believe was the most helpful.
Each class I have taken thus far in my BSN journey has led to me the importance of EBP. This class really sealed the deal. I feel I can understand the importance of my role as a nurse. AS our textbook states “It is important to promote nursing research to improve the health of individuals” (2018). This is one us as nurses to promote. Advocating for our patients, is making sure they receive the best, up to date care and if they are not, then finding out why they are not. It gives me a sense of power to know our importance!
https://onlinedegree.unf.edu/articles/the-importance-of-evidence-based-practice-in-nursing.aspx (Links to an external site.)
Houser, J. (2018). Nursing research: Reading, using, and creating evidence (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
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