Linking EBP with a Nursing Procedure
Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, NCSN, CNE; Deborah Davis BSN, MSN, MEd
Assistant Professor; Faculty
Evidence-Based Practice, Informatics, Teamwork and Collaboration
- Locate evidence reports related to clinical practice topics and guidelines.
- Explain the role of evidence in determining best clinical practices.
- Compare and contrast evidence-based practice (EBP) with actual practice.
- Value the concept of EBP as integral to determining best clinical practice.
- Develop scholarly writing skills.
- Seek necessary resources to complete the assignment.
We developed a scholarly paper assignment using Chris Tesch's teaching strategy "Linking EBP with a Nursing Procedure" as the framework.” We assign junior students to choose a nursing intervention they have performed or have seen performed on their clinical unit. They are required to locate and make a copy of the policies, procedures or standards available in their clinical setting related to the intervention they observed. Using the information search strategies they have previously learned, as well as, available resources, they locate the best-published evidence related to the intervention they observed. Students then write a scholarly paper that thoroughly describes the policy and procedure, synthesizes the best evidence, compares and contrasts the written policy with the best evidence, and discusses their reflection concerning what they found, their ease or difficulty in locating evidence and anticipated challenges implementing the best evidence.We are sure to include detailed instructions required to complete the paper as well as helpful hints for scholarly writing and APA formatting. We require that students submit a self-evaluation of their paper using the instructor's rubric. Requiring the self-evaluation assures us they are familiar with the criteria with which they will be evaluated. Informatics is emphasized with this assignment. First, computer and information literacy skills are both necessary to complete the assignment. In addition, students are encouraged to use high quality information sources. Examples of these sources are provided in the description of