Transitions to Professional Nursing

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Integration of Evidence-Based Practice into Professional Nursing Practice Chamberlain College of Nursing 351: Transitions to Professional Nursing Spring and 2010 Integration of Evidence-Based Practice into Professional Nursing Practice “It is not enough to do your best, you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.” –W. Edwards Deming. Introduction As medical treatment and technology advances, health care is constantly changing, ultimately affecting the treatment and prevention of diseases. Health care has turned to the use of evidence-based practice to provide the care that research has shown to provide the best outcomes (Troseth, 2009). Evidence-based practice (EBP) provides the research and information of how to deliver the best patient care, and can be integrated into the delivery of nursing care. Prevention of ventilator-acquired pneumonia (VAP) in ventilated patients in the intensive care unit is just one example of how evidence-based practice is being implemented in nursing care. Evidence-Based Practice Dr. David Sackett, a pioneer of evidence-based practice, best describes it as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient” (Troseth, 2009). This involves the integration of clinical experience, the values of the individual patient, and the best evidence-based research (Schardt, 2010). Implementing EBP in nursing care establishes who they are, what they do, and what effect they have on patient outcomes (Overholt, 2004). All nurses have the responsibility to delivering the best care that will deliver the best outcomes to the patient. Evidence-based practice serves as a framework of how to prevent or treat common issues seen in clinical practice. The process of implementing EBP into clinical practice is accomplished by a series of steps or

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