Nursing

Evidence-based practice and nursing research: Avoiding confusion

HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, February 1, 2010

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It’s identifying what exactly differentiates evidence-based practice from research that can be challenging for staff members. “Evidence-based practice is used to close the gap between the research being conducted and the practice—the ‘research/practice gap,’ ” says Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN, an APN at Bay Pines (FL) VA Hospital.

Evidence-based practice challenges nurses to look at the “why” behind existing methods and processes in the search for improvement.

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