Web site spotlight: Huddle up to discuss evidence-based practice

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 27, 2009

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.

To solve these issues, Angie Korona, CMS, RN, nurse manager of outpatient surgery at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA, chose to focus her staff meetings on EBP to maintain staff interest and ensure everyone is focused on improving patient outcomes. She restructured her monthly staff meetings, and now performs 10- to 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, and 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 hears it at least once, says Korona.

The huddles are small groups, which encourages nurses to ask questions about any EBP changes the facility is implementing. And if Korona or the charge nurses can't answer staffs' questions on the spot, they can research them and discuss their findings at the next huddle.

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Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted fromHuddle up to get staff closer to evidence-based practicefound in the Reading Room at 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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