Ask the expert: Educating bedside caregivers about EBP

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 31, 2009

This week, Joan Monchak Lorenz, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, discusses how to help bedside caregivers become familiar with evidence-based practice (EBP).

Q: We want to hold educational sessions to help bedside caregivers understand EBP and to let them know how they can get involved. What topics should we cover?
A: Nurses often say they don't have time in their day to add more tasks to their already overburdened responsibilities. But incorporating EBP is time well spent, both for nurses' workload efficiency and for the overall care of their patients.

Educational sessions can help break down the barriers to staff nurse involvement. Initial topics for the educational sessions could include:

  • What is EBP?
  • Why is EBP important to me?
  • Why is EBP important to our patients and to our organization?
  • How do we find time for developing EBP projects?
  • How do I get started?
  • How do I undertake a literature search?
  • What resources do I need?
  • What resources are available?

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