Connectionbetween Research and Evidence-Based Practice and the Relationship toQuality, Safe Patient Care
Theprimary objective of nurses is to ensure that quality care is givenpriority to all patients regardless of their personalities,ethnicity, culture, finance or social status. During the process ofcontact initiation with their clients, nurses have to ensure thatthey offer the most updated form of care. This paper, therefore,intends to expound on the connection between research andevidence-based practice (EBP), in addition to their relation toquality and safety of patients.
Inensuring the discomfort related to diseases is alleviated, nursesmust focus on providing quality care to their clients. This is vitalfor the promotion of health and wellness. Numerous challenges arecurrently facing the healthcare system, for instance, unavailabilityof resources and the increased demand for healthcare. It is importantto embrace the validation of client outcomes while ensuring theprovision of effective nursing care, and all these can be achievedthrough the incorporation of EBP. It involves the use ofscientifically proven techniques in the diagnosis and treatment ofpatients (Potter,Perry, Stockert, and Hall, 2016).The care provided is dependent on different studies that have beenconducted to determine the clinical effectiveness of varioustreatment approaches.
Thenursing profession is yet to fully embrace EBP as much as it has beenemphasized in medicine. The objectives stipulated by the EBP can onlybe attained when all clinicians adopt the culture of practice wherebythey can justify the reason for using a particular treatmentapproach. Before a substantial scientific knowledge progresses intoEBP, it is important for nurses to ensure that they derive theirpractical aspects from the best evidence available.
Researchhas always been given priority in the nursing profession, which is anessential element in the development of nursing. The credibility ofpractice and the possibility of achieving better patient outcomes aredependent on the recognition of the knowledge base for theprofession. The optimization of client outcomes is dependent on theability of nurses to use empirical evidence during their clinicalpractice. During their practice, nursing interventions have played avital role in influencing patient outcomes (Potter, Perry, Stockert,and Hall, 2016). However, the decision-making process of nurses isnot dependent on scientific evidence. Nurses are in a better positionto contribute to the clinical and cost-effectiveness of patient care.However, they need the necessary resources and skills to assess andembrace best evidence in practice.
Insummary, it is, therefore, important for nurses to utilizeresearch-based interventions, but before this, they have to beknowledgeable in analyzing research documents and expounding on theevidence that exists regarding particular topics.
TheImportance of EBP in the Nursing Profession
Thenursing profession is quickly embracing the EBP approach when dealingwith patients. In different geographic locations and settings, theincorporation of research into practice is likely to contribute toimproved patient outcomes. The motivation for EBP emanates from thepressures associated with the healthcare institutions which have adesire to reduce cost, increase the accessibility of information andconsumer awareness regarding the treatment and care approaches. EBPis also important as it necessitates for changes in the teaching ofnursing students as it focuses mainly on research that is practicallyrelevant, in addition to championing for researchers and cliniciansto have a closer working relationship (Stokke, Olsen, Espehaug, andNortvedt, 2014). The practice has also contributed to theindividualization of nursing care as a result, clinical judgment hasbeen made to be more efficient and dynamic thereby achievingmaximization of the treatment objectives. The use of evidence in thedefinition of the best practices is useful in keeping the nursingprofession at par with the advancing technology. The availability ofupdated information is helpful in the profession.
Thereis no doubt about the continued change of information as the nursingprofession advances. These changes are well by the EBPs which arecommonly outlined in peer-reviewed journals targeting nurses. Thesejournals are readily available to nurses hence they can be informedabout the cutting-edge approaches currently in use, and hence thecare accorded to patients is highly professional and dependent onevidence-based care. For instance, wounds were being cleaned usinghydrogen peroxide however, research indicated that this substance istoxic to the cells of the skin. As such, the best remedy is to usesoap and water in cleaning wounds (Johansen, 2014).
Inconclusion, nurses should aim at improving patient outcomes, and thiscan only be done by embracing EBP which focuses on the provision ofefficient and available care. The best evidence available should beused in providing the most effective care to patients.
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