Learning Goal: I’m working on a nursing discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Respond to two of your colleagues by visiting the websites they shared and offering additional examples of EBP or alternative views/interpretations to those shared in your colleagues’ posts. A minimum of 2 current scholarly sources is required. USE APA Format 7th edition
1) Post 1 by: M. Bust
As nurses, we frequently hear the term evidence-based practice (EBP). But what exactly does it mean? EBP is a method for reviewing, analyzing, and translating the most recent scientific findings. The objective is to immediately integrate the best available research, clinical experience, and patient preference into clinical practice so that nurses may make educated patient-care decisions (Dang et al., 2022). Although it is widely known that evidence-based practice (EBP) improves healthcare quality, reliability, and patient outcomes as well as reduces variations in care and costs, it is still not the standard of care delivered by practicing clinicians across the globe (Melnyk et. al., 2014).
American Heart Association
The health-care organization I will be reviewing is the American Heart Association (AHA). EBP is clearly noticeable when navigating the website, as mentioned in their philosophy and goal statement. Since 1949, the AHA has funded more than $3.5 billion in research, more than any other institution outside the federal government. The AHA also supported 13 Nobel Prize winners and lifesaving advances such as the first artificial heart valve, cholesterol-lowering drugs, heart transplant capabilities, and CPR techniques and guidelines. Funding for research is a cornerstone of the AHA’s lifesaving mission, the cornerstone upon which the AHA was founded, and a key component of our future. In addition to the federal government, the American Heart Association is the largest non-profit funder of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research (Wong, 2022). The objective of the AHA is to give science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals in order to help ensure that every patient receives the best treatment possible, every time (American Heart Association, n.d.)
As stated in the AHA goal and core principles, I completely agree that EBP is evident in this organization. Research studies show that evidence-based practice (EBP) leads to higher quality care, improved patient outcomes, reduced costs, and greater nurse satisfaction than traditional approaches to care (Melnyk et. al., 2010).
My perspective of the AHA has improved after exploring its website. By pursuing research studies and adopting EBP, I am convinced that AHA has saved many lives. For example, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificates must be renewed in order to stress the significance of ongoing, high-quality CPR and to incorporate research and training from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR.
2) Post by Joce Buenaa
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is defined as “the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision-making process for patient care”. Evidence-based practices are integral to nursing practice and allow them to improve the delivery of care to achieve the best patient outcome (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2021). As graduate nursing students, we always search for resources to support our discussions and assignments. One of the resources that we often utilize is a healthcare organization website that contains information about the subject matter, the challenge comes with determining whether this information is considered scholarly or is grounded on evidence-based practices. For this discussion, I reviewed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website.
The NIH is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services and is the nation’s medical research agency. It is considered one of the world’s foremost medical and behavioral research centers. Its mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about living systems, and the knowledge acquired is then applied to improve health, lengthen life, reduce illness, and prevent disabilities (National Institutes of Health, 2017). The NIH’s mission mirrors the utilization of evidence-based practices to achieve the same goals. In addition to its mission, the website incorporates evidence-based practices in its library, news releases, and clinical research resources. It also provides links to federal resources that also utilize EBPs. Upon reviewing the different areas of the website, I would say that it is mostly grounded on EBP. For example, the articles featured in the news releases and research highlights mention the studies behind the given information and reiterate how the information acquired from these studies can be useful in improving patient care. Clinicians and healthcare providers can use the information from these articles in their own practice. There is an area on the website where research priorities are listed, and it focuses on evidence-based practices and programs. The website provided a list of federal resources that can help identify evidence-based disease prevention approaches that can impact public health. (National Institutes of Health, 2017).
Upon examination of the NIH website, I do not believe that it changed my perception of the healthcare organization. I already thought that the website provided credible information that is backed up by research and studies. However, the examination of the website opened my eyes to the abundance of information available on the website. Because EBP integrates the best available research into clinical practice, the NIH website is a good resource to find such research. EBP offers many benefits to the nursing profession including expanding one’s knowledge, applying the knowledge to daily nursing practice, improving quality of care and patient outcome, and decreasing healthcare costs (Abu-Baker et al., 2021).