Nursing

Debating the evidence: A Virginia hospital sparks an argument to get nurses engaged

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

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When nurses hear the word “research,” they ¬often run in the opposite direction. Even the definition of ¬evidence-based practice (EBP) can be intimidating for bedside nurses.
Nurses have a duty to be current in their practice to ensure best patient outcomes. In addition, one of the central focuses of the ¬ANCC Magnet Recognition Program? (MRP) is that facilities follow evidence-based nursing practice.
Therefore, any hospital on the journey to MRP designation must ensure that its culture is focused on EBP and that nurses are engaged and excited. It was with this aim that Montgomery Regional Hospital (MRH) in Blacksburg, VA, tried an innovative debate format to educate and inspire its nurses.

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