Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to describe the implementation of evidence-based practice and research in a community hopsital setting using a nurse researcher model.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify measurable outcomes for successful implementation of evidence-based practice.
Theoretical Framework: The Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-based Practice Model and Guidelines have been adopted by several community hospitals in different geographic locations. Use of the model in two locations will be described.
Methods: Building an infrastructure for EBP and nursing research must be approached with planning in the community hospital setting. The two community hospitals have used specific processes and encoutered different barriers to timplementation. Methods to encourage the use of "best practices" have included: inservice education in the form of workshops and other more specific classes, inclusion in orientation, mentored projects, journal clubs; facilitation with the IRB process; inclusion of EBP in procedures and policies; competencies for clinical nurses at all levels; and resources to support these activities.
Results: The community hospitals have demonstrated increased EBP project involvement. Nursing researchers have been hired part time or as consultants to support these activities. EBP and research have been disseminated by nurses at each of the hospitals.
Conclusions and Implications: EBP adds to the culture of critical thinking & ongoing learning for nurse clinicians. The hospitals are growing an environment where evidence supports clinical and administrative decisions, and building a community of scholarship.
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