There are many approaches for nurses and healthcare providers to improve the quality of services and collaboration. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is one of the commonly used decision-making methods to define and integrate the results of efficient studies with clinical and patient expertise (Echevarria et al., 2017). Today, it is important to create a culture that values and rewards EBP because this practice promotes effective care, positive patient outcomes, and employee satisfaction. Many care facilities worldwide introduce programs to develop a number of essential skills and knowledge in the chosen field. Guidelines and frameworks contain recommendations at several levels, namely practice, system, and education (Sharplin et al., 2019). Relying on professional examples, it is possible to understand what facilitates EBP and leads to the achievement of the necessary results.
Implementation of EBP usually consists of four steps, including a research question or a clinical problem, evidence search, validity appraisal, and findings’ application to decision-making. One of the examples of how an EBP culture is created is offered by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (Sharplin et al., 2019). The knowledge-to-action framework was used to establish long-term partnerships, identify strategies, prove the success of the steps, and ensure sustainability (Sharplin et al., 2019). Following a clear plan allows nurses to understand what they can do at this moment and after an EBP idea is implemented. Other examples of how EBP adds to nursing practices may be observed in infection control practice, fall prevention programs, or the use of oxygen by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Echevarria et al. (2017) share the idea of how to modify the fall-risk assessment instrument by means of common decision-making, request change, and evaluation of possible outcomes. All these ways and expected results serve as a solid background to continue using EBP cultures in care facilities and establish cooperation to find out what needs to be changed.
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Sharplin, G., Adelson, P., Kennedy, K., Williams, N., Hewlett, R., Wood, J., Booner, R., Dabars, E., & Eckert, M. (2019). Establishing and sustaining a culture of evidence-based practice: An evaluation of barriers and facilitators to implementing the best practice spotlight organization program in the Australian healthcare context. Healthcare, 7(4). Web.