Nursing

EBP school is in session

HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, September 1, 2009

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Lisa Isenberg, RN, BSN, CPN, emergency room nurse at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, came up with her first evidence-based practice (EBP) question before the hospital’s scholars program was initiated. One day, her son came into her ED needing stitches. The hospital used a topical medication to numb cuts on children’s heads, scalps, and faces, and the medicine was the consistency of water. When using the medication on her son, she wondered why it had to be so runny that it created a challenge for the nurses to apply it. “We compound the medicine in our own hospital and I wondered, ‘Is there a reason why it has to be this way?’ ” she says. So she started looking

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