Evidence Based Practice

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Comparison of Chlorhexidine Gluconate and Povidone Iodine in central line catheter care Introduction:
Evidence based practice:
Globally, nursing is one of the most honorable professions among healthcare providers. Nursing is caring, which focuses on patients’ comfort and nurses act as advocators. An advocate means a person who defends or argues for the rights of others (Oman Nursing and Midwifery Council (ONMC) 2011). For example, a nurse might face a situation which needs his/her advocacy skills to fight for the patients’ right. Therefore, nurses should be up to date with knowledge, skills and attitude by introducing significant evidence into their practice (ONMC 2011).
Nowadays, health organization systems are guided by a philosophy statement which contains beliefs, thoughts and values (Huber 2006, p.224). The philosophy of an organization plays an important role for nursing practice as it directs the nurses towards a shared goal (Huber 2006, p.224). For instance, if the mission contains a statement about patient quality care, therefore, all employees will be involved to achieve the mission. Through consistent philosophy, all health care providers will strike to deliver high quality care.
The leading process of best practice in nursing is through Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP). EBP is defined as “doing the right things right”, (Gray 1997, cited in Craig & Smyth 2007, p.4). This definition illustrates the importance of ensuring that best practice is being done in the right manner which reflects directly through nursing practice in different aspects of patients’ care (Houser and Oman 2011). Moreover, Sackett et al. (1997) cited in Holland and Rees (2010, p.7) has defined EBP in additional depth and holistic approach which states “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidences about the care of individual patients”.

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