1 L————–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?
EBP is an essential component of the practice of a BSN prepared RN. “EBP unifies research evidence with clinical expertise and encourages individualization of care through inclusion of patient preferences” (Nursing World, 2013). The purpose of EBP is to standardize healthcare practices to science and best evidence. This is to make nursing practices a standard and eliminates confusion. With standardized and evidence based care, nurses can continue to improve patient and have quality outcomes.
There are two way that I can continue to integrate evidence into my practice. They are both ways of communication. It is important to have ongoing communication with nurse leaders and managers. They are important resources within the institution. If there is a new initiative that needs to be discussed, they would have the means of obtaining approvals by management (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2014). Additionally it is important to maintain rapport with the floor nurses. They are the frontline staff and will give you the honest feedback you need to be able to tell if the outcomes are improving.
Obstacles that could challenge this plan are lack of time and resistance. I have found that even though a new practice has been proven to be more effective, faster, and has a better outcome, people will resist the change for the better. They would rather continue practice the old way because it’s what they know. Even if it takes them longer to do so. They do not want to take the time from their already busy day to learn something new. To overcome this, you may have to reintroduce the practice to the staff multiple times and have an open discussion about reasons and rationale of why they are resistant. Change takes time and you have to be patient.