Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a crucial aspect of the nursing profession, particularly for nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. It ensures that nurses provide the best and most current care for their patients, based on research and knowledge, rather than relying on traditions, myths, or outdated information (Jyothi, 2012). In the BSN program, nurses are equipped with the skills to question clinical traditions and comprehend research that can inform practice changes. This essay will explore how I plan to integrate evidence into my practice and encourage its use, with a focus on shared leadership and education.
One way to incorporate EBP into practice is through shared leadership within a department. By participating in decision-making processes, nurses can discuss areas that require improvement and find ways to implement changes. Often, similar issues have been addressed in other departments or hospitals, making research and EBP valuable resources for guiding solutions. However, one obstacle to promoting EBP in shared leadership is the cost associated with conducting research. Research takes time, which equates to money, and departments may be reluctant to allocate resources for extensive research. To overcome this barrier, the research workload can be distributed among the members of the shared leadership team. By sharing the responsibility, research can be conducted during downtime or incorporated into monthly meetings, minimizing the financial burden and ensuring that EBP is integrated into decision-making processes.
Education plays a vital role in encouraging EBP in the workplace. Many nurses, even those with a BSN degree, do not regularly research or utilize EBP in their daily practice. This lack of familiarity with available resources can hinder the implementation of evidence into practice. Therefore, it is essential to educate nurses about the resources and tools available to them. In my department at Banner Boswell, we are required to set annual goals as part of our evaluations. As such, my goal could be to present information on how to promote EBP to my colleagues. By highlighting the resources and tools offered by the hospital’s medical library and online platforms, nurses will have the necessary tools to conduct research and implement EBP into their practice (Nurse One, n.d.).
In conclusion, integrating evidence-based practice into the nursing profession is crucial for ensuring high-quality patient care. BSN-prepared nurses are equipped with the skills to question clinical traditions and apply research to guide practice changes. Encouraging EBP through shared leadership and education can overcome barriers such as budget constraints and lack of familiarity with available resources. By actively participating in decision-making processes and educating colleagues, nurses can promote the use of evidence in their practice and provide the best care possible.