SYMPOSIUM
Friday, 21 July 2006: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Creating a Culture for Evidence-Based Practice: One Institution's Story
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to identify an infrastructure used to implement a culture for Evidence-Based Practice.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to describe the process to change the practice environment by revising procedures and clinical practice guidelines to evidence-based.
The Nursing Advisory Board (2005) describes evidence-based practice (EBP) as an opportunity to reinvigorate the practice environment. Implementing an evidence-based practice culture in a multi-site tertiary care center requires a carefully constructed plan. The leadership at this institution was committed to establishing and sustaining a culture of EBP because of the impact of EBP on patient outcomes. This community hospital does not have the opportunities associated with a university setting and the problems of limited resources present challenges not unique to institutions through out the country. In 2005, this institutionís senior patient care services management, in conjunction with a group of dedicated EBP experts, developed a framework to foster a network-wide EBP culture change. This culture change was prompted by an initiative to revise and update hospital procedures and clinical practice guidelines based on current evidence. This group of individuals formed the EBP Leadership team, including representation form administration, research, organizational development and clinical units. This symposium will describe the responsibilities assumed by the group including: overall guidance of EBP related activities, allocation of resources necessary to ensure a successful imitative, positive administrative support and direction, communication, direction of the conversion of all procedures and policies to evidence based, and the evaluation and monitoring of the initiative progress. In addition the presenters will also share an EBP project completed in the system and the barriers and successes of the project.
Organizer:Joanna Bokovoy, RN, DrPH, MPH
 Conversion of Procedures and Clinical Practice Guidelines to Evidence-Based
Rita A. Bendekovits, RN, MSN, ONC, Patricia A. Matula, RN, BSN, MSN
 Evaluation and Monitoring of the Culture Change
Joanna Bokovoy, RN, DrPH, MPH
 The Infrastructure
Mary Del Guidice, RN, BS, MSN, CNA