Nrs Essay

2664 WordsOct 12, 201411 Pages
Morgan Farmilo – 11492522 NRS296 – Discipline of Nursing 3: Inquiry and Research Assessment 1 – Critique of a Research Article Subject Coordinator – Annabel Matheson Due date – 22nd September 2014 Submission Date – 21th September 2014 In order for nurses to provide the best possible care for their patients they must utilize the concept of evidence based practice and understand the importance of research in nursing. But what is evidence based practice and how can we ensure that we are implementing it correctly in our career as a nurse? This essay will provide you with an overview of evidence based practice and demonstrate the importance of research through a critique of a recent article published in the journal of advanced nursing, titled “paediatric nurses adherence to the double-checking process during medication administration in a children’s hospital: an observational study.” (Alsulami, Choonara & Conroy, 2013). Evidence based practice can be defined as practice that is validated by clear, up to date rationale, taking into account your own personal judgement and the patients’ preferences (Aveyard & Sharpe, 2009). Evidence based practice can be divided into four elements that determine a nurses decision making process; the best available research evidence, clinical expertise, resources and patient preferences (Hopp & Rittenmeyer, 2012). It is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) that you “Provide comprehensive, safe and effective evidence-based nursing care to achieve identified individual/group health outcomes” (NMBA, 2006). This means using evidence based practice is not only an essential part of providing adequate and satisfactory patient care, but it is also an essential part in maintaining registration. Evidence based practice cannot be made possible without research. Research is defined as the use of

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