Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

Why should nurses include evidence-based practice into their daily routine?

Clinical judgment in our daily practice can influence how we (nurses) take care of our patients. Our everyday care of our patients also incorporate ethical care and charting. Why should nursing include evidence-based practice into their daily routine?

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The introduction of evidence-based practice (EBP) in the health sector revolutionized the industry by introducing concrete procedures for decision making that promote accountability. As health professionals, nurses are expected to use EBP for their benefit and the patient’s well-being. There are several reasons why nurses need to incorporate EBP in their daily routines. One is that EBP allows nurses to remain more conscious of the patient’s needs. According to Storey, Wagnes, LaMothe, Pittman, Cohee & Newhouse (2019), EBP incorporates research, clinical expertise and patient preferences. When using EBP, nurses are challenged to understand the patients’ values, beliefs, and attitudes towards appropriate treatments, which helps them narrow down to the best approach to use when caring for different patients.