Quality patient care and outcomes is an issue that is central to nursing. Throughout the course, its achievement has been the intent of research and evidence-based practice. The two provide nurses with a basis for decision-making and ensure they are updated on any emerging medical protocols affecting patient care, diagnostics, or treatments. However, these professionals face several barriers that prohibit their engagement and implementation of evidence. Therefore, this paper focuses on one such challenge and proposes a strategy to help improve the practice and a reflection on the course.
One such barrier that nurses face is an unsupportive organizational culture. Empirical evidence asserts that most institutions do not provide their medical staff with the requisite resources and time to engage in research (Li et al., 2019). They also face a lot of resistance in implementation, especially from their managers and leaders. Such frustration leaves them unable to engage in these problem-solving approaches for the betterment of patient care. However, such issues can be curtailed by including evidence-based practice as a priority issue in health policy (Li et al., 2019). With such provisions, nurses will be protected by the law, facilitating their engagement in and use of such evidence. This will ensure patient care is enhanced, and overall quality in the healthcare sector is promoted.
The course has been instrumental in the comprehension of this practice and the understanding of nursing research. It has mainly ensured that these studies’ assumption as tools for literature purposes only is eliminated as it magnified their essence in better clinical outcomes and patient safety. Moreover, the learning about the PICOT question was the most intriguing and helpful concept. It underpinned the significance of having a research question tailored toward meeting specific patient needs and exploring their conditions in depth (Li et al., 2019). This is why the course is essential to all nurses due to such advancements.
Evidence practice will continue to provide excellent solutions to the nursing profession and close the gap between education and clinical practice. Thus, it is essential to continue integrating it into nursing courses to improve patient-centered care. Moreover, organizations and health departments must be ready to embrace it as the globe moves towards quality healthcare achievement. With such massive support, nurses may be better placed to transform this essential sector single-handedly.
Li, S., Cao, M., & Zhu, X. (2019). Evidence-based practice. Medicine, 98(39), 415-420. Web.