CREATING A CULTURE OF EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 2
Creating a culture of Evidence-Based Practice
Evidence-based practice in nursing is fundamental to the profession as it enhances the
quality of care, reduces costs and improves patient’s outcome. Enculturating these processes into
daily practice present a challenge because it presents a significant change in both the process
itself and in the mindset of the nurses. It provides a framework and a process for systematic
inclusion of research based evidence and patients’ preferences into the daily clinical decision
making both at the individual nurse practitioner and at the organizational level.
The first step in creating an evidence-based culture is assessing the accessibility of
electronic resources and computers and developing a plan to ensure that such resources are
available to the nursing staff (Polit & Beck, 2017). Technology has become more than a
necessity in the daily performance of people. The health industry has also not been left behind in
the application of technology in support of human health. Accordingly, as part of creating a
culture of evidence-based nursing practice, technology and its application should be prioritized.
The organization must make it their initiatives to train nurses on the application of the
technology so that nurses can work with ease. Electronic sources not only do they support the
functionalities of the nurse but also enhances research suitable for evidence-based practice. The
health practitioners can share information and retrieve information from other institutions
whenever there is a need for exchange of information. Adaptation of such strategies to improve
multiple healthcare setting is possible with the potential for sustainability and improvement
(Aitken et al., 2011).