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Evaluation of Organization’s use of EBP
At one organization where I work on weekends (Health Department), EBP is very important when evaluating policies and procedures and meeting projected goals. Health Horizons is a prevention program funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and contracted through the Department of Health State Services (DHSS). This program is targeted to prevent Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) in higher risk populations.
A very vital part of this EBP is to identify the higher risk populations and identify a gatekeeper within that population as a leader. The leader is educated and delegated to organize a group within the selected population for what we now call an education extravaganza. This extravaganza is somewhat a party. The participants is served a meal, play fun educational games, receive a $25.00 Walmart gift card for participation and they are offered free HIV and syphilis testing. Providing such incentives furthers this organizational culture and policies.
The leader of the group work closely with the organization’s team members to identify the high risk activities, develop a risk reduction plan, evaluate the plan and document their findings. If the outcomes are proven to be reduction in high risk activities, the outcomes are implemented in the annual renewal of proposal plans and monitored by DHSS for funding purposes. By identifying a gatekeeper for the group activities, the group members are more trusting and staff is able to build a rapport with the members to elicit honest information that assist with identifying the high risk activities.
Disseminate the Findings and Strengthening the Culture of EBP within the Organization
The concept of EBP has continued to evolve in the nursing profession as the basis for clinical decision-making (Steurer, 2010).
I could disseminate the findings by maintaining documentation of the members that participate in the groups each month. This documentation will consist of the high risk activities reported, number of members per group, number of member tested, test results and educational pre and post testing. This information will be reported in the monthly reports, quarter reports, annual reports and the proposal for funding renewal. The culture of the EBP will be strengthened within the organization by continuing to advertise and encourage participation from all departments within the organization. In addition, all departments will be educated on new policies, procedures and outcomes of the group activities. Educational sessions are a necessary step in raising knowledge and commitment but must be combined with other strategies to be effective (Cullen & Adams, 2012). It is crucial that all departments work together as a team and not segregated as departments.
Nurse’s responsibility to further the use of EBP
Nurses in leadership positions have responsibility for provision of evidence-based healthcare that meets the expectations of patients, families, regulators and others (Cullen & Adams, 2012). Nurses need the empowerment to improve the patient’s outcome. It is important that nurses not only have the guidance to identify effective EBP, but it is just as important to understand the implementation and evaluation process of the EBP.
Cullen, L., & Adams, S. L. (2012). Planning for implementation of evidence-based practice. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(4), 222–230.
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Steurer, L. M.(2010). An evidence-based practice scholars program: One institution’s journey toward excellence. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41(3), 139–143.
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At the health-care organization I currently work at, they consistently participate in monitoring and evaluating new evidence-based practices (EBP) to ensure that the patients are receiving the highest quality of care possible. If new evidence-based practice shows changes that need to be made, my organization does so through policies changes. We have a very active Institutional Review Board that oversees and supports research studies for our organization. Currently at my facility, we have a few studies and one study renewal that is active. It seems that all of the studies that are being performed at this time only include physicians and nurse practitioners. I do not understand why nurses are not incorporated into the studies at my facility. It seems like the studies are limited to a higher education level, such as physicians or nurse practitioners, and not to nurses without a BSN or MSN degree. In my opinion, research has to be done to ensure the achievement of evidence-based practice, which has a direct effect on health-care policies. The nurses without a higher level of education, that are responsible for aiding to the research, are not participating in the studies. Why? I understand that the hospital is on a budget, but the research studies should be calculated and money set aside for such practice. It is very important for health-care organizations to understand that evidence-based practice research studies should be a core component of the hospital budget, as opposed to optional extras that the organization can discard at a time of financial constraint (Aitken, Hackwood, Crouch, Clayton, West, Carney, Jack, 2011). A meeting needs to held to show administrative members the importance of evidence-based practice and how it impacts the health-care system. At the meeting, pamphlets of evidence-based study examples with their impact on the health-care system, could be given out to member to help comprehend the importance of these studies. A slide show could also be included in the meeting to show the cost effectiveness of evidence-based practice when utilized at health-care organizations. By providing this information to the members of the organization, maybe funding would be added to the organizations budget to promote evidence-based practice.
One of the major steps in strengthening evidence-based practice at any health-care organization is having full cooperation of all members of the organization. Providing a proposal for a research project quarterly to the board members would allow health-care providers plenty of time to create a presentation on the topic of concern. Involving nurses in the research study would be beneficial to the research study. Nurses would aid in the study by adding critical data and important interventions that are needed to improve the area of concern. After the researchers are ready to reveal the results, a source of presentation will be established with a specific audience to present to (Polit & Beck, 2012). Researchers need to choose wisely the data to be presented with the incorporation of graphs and tables (Polit & Beck, 2012).
Nurses are responsible for providing every patient with the highest level of care possible. For nurses to provide this level of care, evidence-based practice must be utilized by the health-care organization. Nurses are key components of data collection and research studies to create EBP because they are at the center of all interventions and activities of the patient (Aitken et al., 2011). With EBP being utilized, nurses can offer care at the highest level possible with the most up-to-date procedures. Nurses play an important role in the adoption of new health-care knowledge because of the close personal care of patient needs. Excellent clinical practice comes from a continuous pursuit of wanting to gain new knowledge from individual patient needs. (Barnsteiner, Reeder, Palma, Preston, Walton, 2010). With nurses becoming participates in the research environment centered on patients, they are contributing to the design and delivery of care (Barnsteiner et al., 2010). Nursing practice is an ongoing continuous change that needs to be based off of EBP to ensure that every patient and their family will receive the highest level of care possible.
Aitken, L. M., Hackwood, B, Crouch, S., Clayton, S., West, N., Carney, D., & Jack, L. (2011). Creating an environment to implement and sustain evidence based practice: A developmental process. Australian Critical Care, 24(4), 244–254.
Barnsteiner, J. H., Reeder, V. C., Palma, W. H., Preston, A. M., & Walton, M. K. (2010). Promoting evidence-based practice and translational research. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 34(3), 217–225.
Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2012). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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