In the twenty-first century, the quickly changing healthcare environment requires healthcare practitioners and organizations to continually assess and change their methods in order to stay current with fresh research discoveries. Evidence-based practice is an important part of a registered nurse’s profession as a BSN graduate since it prepares them for different elements of patient care, leadership, and healthcare administration that are prevalent in today’s practice. Evidence-based practice also enables BSN-prepared nurses to incorporate technology into their practice, improve their ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and more.
Active involvement in nurse conferences and participation in continuous learning are two ways I will continue to integrate evidence into my practice and support it in the workplace. Active involvement in conferences held by professional organizations for nurses, such as the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Psychiatric Nursing Association, promotes ongoing evidence integration in the workplace. Active engagement in these professional organizations would provide me access to current research, which would aid in the integration of evidence into practice.
High employee turnover, particularly among essential professions like as nurses, and a lack of institutional support are two hurdles that might stymie the implementation strategy. The loss of professionals with fundamental skills necessary for ongoing adoption of evidence in the workplace is exacerbated by a high rate of nurse turnover (Majid et, al, 2016). To reduce employee turnover, I would create methods for encouraging nurses on the job. To encourage institutional support, I’d try to include the organization’s management in the evidence’s implementation and educate them on the need of maintaining it.
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The rapidly evolving health care system equally requires advancement in education, which directly influences nursing practice. If the nurse’s roles are expanding, there should be a commensurate improvement in education and training to deliver safe patients’ care and remain current with the emerging research developments. However, after being licensed, graduates from associate nursing programs are entrusted with patients’ care and well-being. The complex climate of the healthcare system requires more advanced skills to manage a challenging situation that was formally not in the typical ADN or diploma training (Nightingale.edu,2018). This makes BSN a necessity, as it emphasizes evidence-based practice to prepare nurses for the emerging health care needs and be relevant in caring for diverse populations across the life span within the health-illness continuum.
I would continue to integrate the evidence into my practice and encourage active participation in nurse conferences and continuous learning in the work environment. These two methods would allow access to current research, which would help integrate the evidence into practice. Also, it will enhance continuous learning, especially among new nurses, regarding the EBP and encourages adoption and incorporation of the evidence as part of the organizational culture (McHugh & Barlow, 2010). Obstacles that can hinder the EBP implementation include inadequate skilled/ professional staff and lack of motivation for the few available ones ready to work. These barriers must be broken by hiring more personnel to prevent work overload and burnout, as well as incorporate incentives, “financial rewards such as salary, bonuses, promotions, and benefits to an employee to reinforce efficiency and effectiveness of services rendered” (Singh, n.d).
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