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Web site spotlight: Huddle up to get staff closer to evidence-based practice

Nurse Leader Insider, February 9, 2009

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Successful implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) can bring a number of patient care benefits to healthcare facilities. Unfortunately, keeping staff nurses engaged can be an uphill battle.

"A lot of hospitals look for a strategy to [implement EBP] but what sometimes happens is the executions aren't developed," says Cindi Noe, MSN, RN, EBP facilitator at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA. "[EBP council members] will have visionary ideas, but can get overwhelmed with the details and so staff members become disengaged."

According to Noe, keeping a handle on the details may just be a matter of taking initiatives one step at time. Facilities can avoid getting bogged down with EBP by weaving it into their daily practice.

Such was the aim of Angie Korona, CMS, RN, nurse manager of outpatient surgery at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, who chose to center her staff meetings on EBP to maintain staff interest and ensure everyone's focus on improving patient outcomes. She restructured her monthly staff meetings, and now performs 10-15 minute huddles each week at the unit's nursing station.

The huddles provide Korona time to discuss current updates to policies and changes to practice, as well as any new forms and tools the council implemented that nurses will be required to use. Charge nurses then perform daily huddles that discuss the same information, which ensures all staff hear it at least once, says Korona.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the article, "Huddle up to get staff closer to evidence-based practice" featured in The Reading Room on HCPro's online resource center, www.StrategiesforNurseManagers.com. Get a free trial membership that will give you 30 days to test drive all the exciting features on the Web site.



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