Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a method used by practitioners to utilize the most current and effective care for their patients. The role of a nurse is crucial in the implementation of EBP, as the nurse should evaluate and apply clinically relevant and scientific research in making decisions about patient care. Nurse practitioners also should rely on their clinical practice when implementing methods. Moreover, patients’ needs that are essential for the EBP are identified by nurses. Therefore, nurses play a significant role in the implementation of EBP.
As a future nurse practitioner, I will engage in the scholarship by having a patient-oriented approach in my decisions. I will learn complicated cases and search for the most relevant research to provide effective care for patients. Such engagement with the existing scholarship will assist me in making optimal decisions, satisfying both patients and practitioners. By having more cases, I can gain experience in clinical practice, thus being a better nurse practitioner.
However, there are some barriers to the implementation of evidence-based research. The main perceived barriers are associated with organizational matters, such as lack of time and lack of cooperation among nurses (Bianchi et al., 2018). In addition, nurses do not have autonomy in making decisions about patient care. They have to obtain the agreement of other medical workers when implementing a specific type of care or a method. Lack of time is a dangerous barrier because nurses cannot evaluate the most current information on time and match it with a patient’s case. It also requires more time to decide the needs of patients. To eliminate organizational barriers, nurses should learn how to cooperate and have more available resources.
Bianchi, M., Bagnasco, A., Bressan, V., Barisone, M., Timmins, F., Rossi, S., Pellegrini, R., Aleo, G., & Sasso, L. (2018). A review of the role of nurse leadership in promoting and sustaining evidence‐based practice. Journal of Nursing Management, 26(8), 918-932.