Inside best practice: A Virginia hospital sparks an argument to get nurses engaged in EBP

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 3, 2009

When nurses hear the word "research," they often run in the opposite direction. Even the definition of evidence-based practice (EBP) can be intimidating for bedside nurses: "A practice that involves making clinical decisions on the best available evidence, with an emphasis on evidence from disciplined research."

Nurses have a duty to be current in their practice to ensure best patient outcomes. In addition, one of the central focuses of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) is that facilities follow evidence-based nursing practice.

Therefore, any hospital on the journey to MRP designation must ensure that its culture is focused on EBP and that nurses are engaged and excited. It was with this aim that Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, VA, tried an innovative debate format to educate and inspire its nurses.

Source: This excerpt is from the November issue of HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro's Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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