Evidence-based practice has been demonstrated to positively impact patient outcomes, yet nurses are having difficulty incorporating it into their practice. The purpose of this study was to determine the educational needs of intensive care unit nurses regarding evidence-based practice and to implement a strategy to meet those needs. Evidence-based practice education in this pilot study was shown as an effective catalyst to nurses beginning and participating in evidence-based practice that could potentially improve patient outcomes.
This article presents the results of a study to determine the educational needs of intensive care nurses regarding evidence-based practice and to implement a strategy to meet those needs.
Erica Sciarra, DNP, RN, APN-C, CCRN, Dr Sciarra has spent most of her career as a critical care certified registered nurse working in the adult intensive care unit at a university medical center. She is a certified, licensed adult nurse practitioner. She is also a nursing professor at Georgian Court University.
The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
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