Evidence Based Practice

In today’s health care environment, all clinicians must clearly understand and interpret the pertinent evidence before providing care. Nurses must ask the difficult questions related to the risks and benefits associated with costly interventions or treatments. Patients and insurers demand state-of-the-art treatment as well as research findings that demonstrate its effectiveness. Every aspect of nursing care must be carefully considered for its contribution to health outcomes. Nurses can no longer rely on the reasoning, “This is the way we have always done things,” or “This is the way I learned how to do this.”

At Hurley, we expect our nurses to collaborate with all health care team members, to identify potential clinical problems and issues, and to question customary practices. We encourage our nurses to follow the process of using evidence to guide their practice by asking the following questions:

  • Who determined the basis for this practice?
  • What was the rationale for making that decision?
  • What are the clinical implications of this practice?
  • Why are we doing this, and why are we doing it this way?
  • Could it be done better, more efficiently, or more cost-effectively?
  • Are these the highest achievable outcomes?
  • Does the current literature support the decisions for care?

Asking and answering these questions can help nurses find solutions for clinical questions and improve existing practice. Many examples in the nursing and health care literature demonstrate how the status quo is not the best care and can actually cost the health care system.

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