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What is Evidence-Based Practice & Evidence-Based Practice Nursing?

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Evidence-based nursing practice happens when a nurse makes a clinical decision on the basis of

  • the best available current evidence
  • the nurse's clinical expertise/experience
  • the patient values, preferences & involvement

When all three are combined, it yields the optimum care for the patient. Evidence-based nursing has grown out of the Evidence-Based Practice movement that evolved in reaction to the explosion of scientific literature and new techniques, medications, and technologies occurring at the end of the 20th century.

Let's start with a really good definition...

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

"Evidence-based practice is the process by which healthcare providers incorporate the best research or evidence into clinical practice in combination with clinical expertise and within the context of patient values."

Franz, J. F., & Cataldo, L. J., RN, EdD. (2018). Evidence-Based Practice. In J. L. Longe (Ed.), The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied                        Health (4th ed., Vol. 3, pp. 1380-1384). Gale.                                GVRL&xid=95e78049


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