to promote evidence-based practice / evidence-informed decision-making by nurses
Strategies include, but are not limited to:
provide nurses with “access to a rich library with nursing and medical journals” (Eizenberg, 2011, p. 33), such as NurseONE;
provide nurses with “opportunities for working with a computer and for searching the Internet in the workplace” (Eizenberg, 2011, p. 33);
“system support for searching and reading professional literature” (Eizenberg, 2011, p. 40);
implementation of a virtual journal club (Lehna, Berger,Truman, Goldman & Topp, 2010);
“provide nurses with access to evidence-based practice resources via mobile information technologies” (Doran et al, 2010, p. 4);
implement an EBP mentorship programme with EBP mentors who are “skilled in both EBP and organizational culture and change” (Wallen et al, 2010, p. 2762);
support nurses to acquire the skills needed to read, evaluate and critically appraise evidence (Eizenberg, 2011);
establish leadership, a coherent change strategy, and relationships between point of care providers and managers (Baeza, Fitzgerald & McGivern, 2008);
nurse managers act as role models (Van Patter Gale & Schaffer, 2009, p. 95);
nurse managers “provide the resources and the support for the work and celebrate success with recognition of unit staff “(Van Patter Gale & Schaffer, 2009, p. 92);
designate a champion who is “accessible to the nurses, along with other leaders and innovators who can answer questions and reinforce the practice change “(Van Patter Gale & Schaffer, 2009, p. 96); and
involve the “clinical educator as a part of the support system of the EBP change” (Van Patter Gale & Schaffer, 2009, p. 96).
The next move: leading interprofessional collaboration
Collaborative practice is becoming the norm but to achieve this goal changes are needed in attitudes, in operations and in systems. We all have to recognize the importance of working with government, unions, regulators and other stakeholders.
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