Evidence-Based Practice in Intensive Care Unit

Why don’t we do evidenced-based nursing? Should physicians be involved in this initiative in an ICU?

Physicians must take part in Evidence-Based Practice in an ICU in order for them to give high quality services to their clients. An ICU has patients that require intensive care, and, therefore, physicians attending to them must have access to the most current methods of attending to such patients (Steelman, 2006). These methods can only be accessible through Evidence-Based Practice.

One nurse said, “I don’t want to do research. I became a nurse to practice nursing.” How should the nurse manager reply to this statement?

The nurse manager should make the nurse understand that research does not prevent him/her from practicing his/her profession in any way (Steelman, 2006). Instead, it makes him/her more knowledgeable, efficient and professional in serving as a nurse (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011). Therefore, the nurse must be made to know that research is indispensable, especially to any nurse who dreams of becoming a better nurse.

How might the ICU unit design an initiative to focus on interprofessional EBP? What professions other than nurses and physicians should be involved in this initiative on an ICU?

If care at the ICU has to be made better, then the interprofessional EBP has to involve only professionals whose professions are related to the kind of care needed at the ICU (Steelman, 2006). Such professionals can include pharmacologists, specialists in stress management and professional counselors (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011). These will help give the best care to patients requiring intensive care by providing information regarding the type of drugs to be used and the best methods of talking to patients who have been traumatized by their illnesses.


Melnyk, B. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Steelman, V. (2006). Evidence based practice. Philadelphia: Saunders.