Choose one of the articles from the Week 5 RRL assignment, and discuss the findings.
Case Assignment: Applying & Sharing Evidence
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Week 7 discussion Applying and Sharing Evidence to Practice After the data have been analyzed, conclusions are made regarding what the findings mean. Then, this information must be shared with your healthcare team. Choose one of the articles from the Week 5 RRL assignment, and discuss the findings. Would you apply the evidence found to your practice? Explain your answer. Translating research into practice is the final and most important step in the research process. Review information you found your nursing clinical issue and explain ways in which you would share the research-based evidence with your peers.
What Is Disseminating Evidence in Nursing?
The internet brought with it a wide dissemination of information. Information that people once had to open an encyclopedia or visit a public library to obtain became readily available and only a click away. Dissemination is the act of spreading or sharing information to others.
For example, in 1984, Congress passed the Comprehensive Smoking Education Act. This bill increased warnings about the dangers and harmful effects of smoking to the general public, especially highly-impressionable adolescents. The United States government was attempting to disseminate evidence in order to educate the public and significantly decrease cigarette smoking.
Disseminating evidence in nursing is the spreading of evidence-based nursing knowledge, research, and findings by nurses to other health care professionals or to the general public. This is vital for the nursing profession because when nurses stay abreast of new evidence in their field, they can spread that information to others to ensure that the highest quality and most effective care is being delivered to patients.
Goals of Disseminating Evidence in Nursing
In order for dissemination of evidence in nursing to be effective and achieve its goals, it must be high-quality evidence that has been meticulously evaluated in clinical research studies and proven time and again to be valid and effective in the nursing field.
Five goals of disseminating evidence in nursing are:
To increase the scope of knowledge in the nursing field.
To ensure the nursing field remains up-to-date with the latest and most effective evidence and practices.
To ascertain that nursing decisions are made based on evidence that optimizes quality care and cost-effectiveness.
To increase motivation for nurses to apply evidence-based strategies with their patients.
To increase patient motivation to utilize and follow through on evidence-based interventions that will help with their own healthcare.
Methods of Disseminating Evidence in Nursing
Nurses are often very busy at their patients’ bedsides. Some nurses feel like the don’t have the time to evaluate new research and evidence in their field, much less disseminate it to others. For nurses who make the time for dissemination of evidence in their fields, this section will describe how they can go about doing this.
First nurses need to acquire the evidence in order to disseminate it. They can do this by reading books, academic articles, and journals. They can even conduct research studies of their own, which requires a specific skill set and knowledge of experimental research.