Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing

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Nurses are in a key position to implement enquiry based practice in the clinical setting, even though many are not trained to do so. Therefore, the best way to bring new research findings into their practice is to train all nurses how to do so. Evidence based practice (EBP) is the clinical decision making process which is based upon the best available evidence, new research findings, clinical experience and patient preferences ( AHPRA, 2016). Optimal nursing care cannot be provided just by the theory, which is just a way of organising ideas. To provide the best patient centred care possible, nurses must rely on both nursing theory and EBP, allowing them to complement one another (Karnick, 2016). When nursing care uses both of these as a basis, …show more content…
References are made to it in standards 1 through 6. Standard 1 ( AHPRA, 2016) requires the nurse to ‘think critically and to analyse their nursing practice’ using the best available evidence. Already, in the first standard, we are made aware that using evidence based practice is not something nurses decide whether or not they want utilise, it is essential to maintaining their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. This includes using best available evidence, reflection on own experiences and beliefs,as well as working within legislation, policies, regulations and guidelines, and ethical frameworks to guide practice. It also requires the nurse to do their part to contribute to both research and quality improvement ( AHPRA, 2016). Standard 2 ( AHPRA, 2016) requires nurses to ‘engage in therapeutic and professional relationships’. Utilising EBP will keep nurses up to date so that they may ‘direct people to resources to optimise health-related decisions’. ( AHPRA, 2016). Standard 3 is ‘maintaining capability for practice’ ( AHPRA, 2016). It is the nurses responsibility to make sure they are able to care for patients safely and efficiently, as well as ensuring that they are able to educate patients sufficiently enough so that they can play an informed role in their health care decision making. Part of this is learned through professional development which nurses are …show more content…
For it to be successful it requires a team effort between nurses, leaders and policy makers and to be regulated by local, state and federal organisations (Stevens, 2013). Therefore to allow nurses to implement EBP they require more training and systems to be put in place to allow this. It is unfeasible to expect registered nurses to implement EBP in most regards without the help of their organisations to pave the way. Most changes to the providence of care involves need for new equipment, or new routines that requires training courses. Training requires time, which is something many nurses are short of. Without the support of their organisation or government bodies funding the implementation of these new ways to provide care, the nurse do not have the tools that they require to implement EBP in most cases(Stevens,

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