Evidence-Based Practice learning Community
Heyne, Rebecca Elen
Krichbaum, Heather L.
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Session presented on Sunday, July 26, 2015: Nurses must dream big for as Eleanor Roosevelt's inspirational quote advises, 'the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.' Clinical nurses have a depth of gratitude to researchers for building the evidence-base for quality clinical care. LeaRNow a freestanding, Magnet designated children's hospital developed and implemented an infrastructure to enhance registered nurse skills in appraisal of research evidence for planned changes in practice. The use of the Advancing Research and Clinical Practice through Close Collaboration Model (ARCC) and the Magnet Model provides a framework (Melnyk, Fineout-Overholt, Gallagher-Ford, & Stillwell, 2011; American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2013). Mentoring through an Evidence-Based Practice learning Community (EBP learning Community) empowers registered nurses to integrate evidence-based practices for delivery of high quality, compassionate, outcomes-based care. Nurse leaders have an essential role in promoting evidence-based practice (EBP) for quality patient outcomes. The program has fourteen mentor/protege projects in progress. We will highlight a mentor project and protege project to share the process for assessing need for change in practice, linking the problem interventions and outcomes, synthesizing the research evidence, designing the practice change as supported by the evidence, and implementing and evaluating the change in practice. The mentor project focused on preventing pediatric venous thromboembolism. The protege project provided standardized post-operative family education on post-operative pain management after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in partial fulfillment of a doctorate of nursing practice. The coordinator, mentor, and protege will share the process and experience of building an infrastructure to support EBP and implementing planned change in practice based on evidence in a children's hospital. The teams experience enhanced beliefs about the value of EBP and their ability to implement a planned change in practice based on research evidence. Mentors enhance their knowledge and skills in EBP, individual behavior change, and organizational culture change.