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Web site spotlight: All rise for the evidence-based trial

Nurse Leader Insider, December 15, 2008

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Instead of running when they heard the words "research" and "evidence-based practice," staff nurses at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL, took the stand.

"We wanted to make evidence-based practice [EBP] fun, accessible, and more approachable for staff nurses, so we created an evidence-based practice mock court session," says Shannon Graham, MSN, RN, CNS, AOCN, advanced nursing coordinator and ANCC Magnet Recognition Program(r) (MRP) project director at UAB.

The goals for the EBP court format were to:

  • Help nurses see the EBP process in action
  • Increase nurses' comfort level regarding research and literature reviews
  • Help nurses understand and translate research into practice

"Staff nurses walked away from the session with a change in attitude about EBP and nursing research," says Graham.

But before an EBP trial could begin, Graham and Jody White, MSN, RN, advanced nursing coordinator and MRP director had to uncover hot topics to discuss. By presenting the mock court format during EBP council meetings, members brainstormed discussion topics, deciding on three pressing issues relevant to nursing:

  1. Medication errors (a constant hot topic in the facility)
  2. Wireless technology use in the hospital (UAB staff members have voiced concern about staff nurses and physicians carrying and using their cell phones while on duty)
  3. ICU visitation (not all UAB staff members follow the no-visitation policy with the family, which can cause problems with other staff members and families)

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the article, "Take your seat for the evidence-based trial" 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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