Nursing

Inside the program: Tailor evidence-based practice projects to departmental efforts

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, January 12, 2010

In today's healthcare environment, it is essential to create synergies between various efforts. Most acute-care hospitals participate in efforts whose origins rest in evidence-based practice (EBP). Nurses, who are active participants in many of these projects, are already involved in evidence-based projects.

Three national organizations provide opportunities for nurses to be involved in evidence-based care: The Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

When looking for EBP projects, pick ones that relate to existing efforts. For example, nurses may choose to work on projects that tie into The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals, such as reducing the risk of patient harm from falls.

Source: Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: A Guide to Successful Implementation

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