Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion

Gaining buy-in
Once you have established the difference between evidence-based practice and nursing research, the next trick is obtaining buy-in from the nursing staff for both requirements.

"You somehow need to show the staff how this is directly going to benefit not only themselves, but also the patient," says Flaugher. "A lot of what we do can be changed, and it will save time and energy."

For example, if the research shows that taking vital signs every hour instead of every 30 minutes for a given population is beneficial, you could potentially save a lot of time and documentation, and in the end also give the best care to patients as supported by the research.

Flaugher points to the benefits of ownership as a way of promoting buy-in for evidence-based practice and nursing research among staff members. If they are part of a major change that is supported by leadership, implemented, and demonstrated to be successful, this can lead to greater buy-in for future improvements.

"If nurses can start asking, 'Do we need to do [this particular process]?' they can start doing a literature review and find evidence for support," says Flaugher.

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