8 words nurses don’t say anymore

8 words nurses don’t say anymore

“This is the way we’ve always done it.”

In today’s healthcare environment, this is no longer acceptable. Instead, evidence-based practice (EBP) is the foundation for professional nursing practice, ensuring that our patients receive the best and most current nursing care. Patients who receive evidence based care have better clinical outcomes.

Sackett et al (2000) defines EBP as the integration of the strongest research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values to facilitate clinical decision making. In order to be skilled in EBP we need the skills to access, evaluate, integrate and use the best available evidence to improve practice and patient outcomes.

Want to learn more about the EBP process? CLICK HERE to visit this straightforward and understandable online tutorial, developed by Pennsylvania State Hershey Medical Center, which outlines the steps:

  • Step 1 – Convert your information need into an answerable question (PICO)
  • Step 2 – Find the best evidence
  • Step 3 – Appraise search results for validity and usefulness
  • Step 4 – Apply the findings to your clinical practice and evaluate your professional performance

A strong grasp of the process of EBP will give you the confidence to translate research at the bedside – and the assurance that you are providing your patients and their families the very best nursing care possible.

Please contact me at cley@aahs.org with your feedback and questions. -Cathaleen Ley, Ph.D, RN, Director, Nursing Quality and Research

1 comment

  1. Posted by KP Verow McLaughlin, at Reply

    In response to those eight words I usually respond,

    “If we didn’t change the way we ALWAYS DID IT we would still be driling holes in people’s heads to let the evil spirits out”.

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