Inside the program: Get staff nurses to identify evidence-based projects

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 23, 2009

Your nursing staff needs to be active participants when identifying clinical questions that can be solved or addressed with evidence-based practice (EBP). Although faculty members, advance practice nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nursing leaders, and researchers can facilitate the process, they should not dictate evidence-based practice topics. However, the EBP and research council can serve as the starting point for dialogue.

One approach to identify topic areas is to ask nurses to:

  • Identify nursing activities that they believe are a waste of time or that seem futile
  • Describe a nursing practice based on myth or tradition
  • Discuss a gap between practice and a recently published research article
  • Question a specific nursing technique or procedure
  • Describe a nursing intervention that results in more harm or waste than benefit

Source: Adapted from HCPro's book Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: A Guide to Successful Implementation.

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