Implementation of the 48/6 Essay

2066 WordsApr 12, 20159 Pages
In todays ever changing world, with the field of health care research constantly evolving, it is extremely important for all health care providers to be able to accept to and adapt to changes in nursing field. Subsequently, there is a strong need for nurses to be willing to receive change and grow in order to foster the best outcomes for patients, through the use of evidence-based practice. According to Hauck, Winsett, & Kuric (2013) “Evidence-based practice is the conscientious and judicious use of current best available evidence, includes research findings, quality improvement data, clinical expertise and patient values to guide healthcare decisions” (p.664). Evidence-based practice has identified a need for a greater continuity of care and communication between individuals involved in patient care (Mitchell, 2013). According to Mitchell (2013) “change is vital to progress, yet there are numerous complexities and an estimated 2/3 of change projects fail” (p. 32). While change is never easy, if it is carefully planned and implemented the process will be considerably easier for nurses to accept (Hauck et al. 2013). Nurses must advance their skills and knowledge through the use of evidence-based practice and a key person involved in assisting front line nurses with accepting change is the nurse leader (Hauck et al., 2013). It is the nurse leader who has the difficult task of leading change and advocating for their peers and profession. One recent example of change in health care is the 48/6 model of care, a provincial initiative developed in British Columbia to address the decline of senior (seventy + years old) health while in acute care, and also to facilitate a patient’s ability to return home (Fraser Heath Authority, 2014). The 48/6 model of care is the screening tool developed to improve individualized care plans for patients The care plan is to be completed

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