Clinical Nurse Specialists: Bridging the Gap Between Evidence and Practice Using Evidence Based Fact Sheets

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164166
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Clinical Nurse Specialists: Bridging the Gap Between Evidence and Practice Using Evidence Based Fact Sheets
Author(s):
Atherton, Sherri; Church, Victoria; Locke, Christy; Tjoelker, Rita
Author Details:
Sherri Atherton, MS, RN, CNS, CIC, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Victoria Church, MS, RN, CNS; Christy Locke, MS, RN, CNS, CNOR; Rita Tjoelker, MS, RN, CNS, CIC
Abstract:
Purpose: The Portland VA Medical Center Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) committee's purpose for this project was to provide healthcare professionals in clinical settings with a process and tools for incorporating evidence into practice using one page evidence-based fact sheets (EBFS). The overall objective was to improve outcomes by integrating evidence. Significance: Innovative tools for integrating evidence at the bedside improve patient outcomes. Background/Design: The PVAMC CNS committee identified that practice across a variety of specialty areas was not always evidence-based. Barriers to utilizing best evidence cited by staff included lack of time to review the literature and difficulty interpreting the evidence. The CNS committee wanted a concise method to educate staff and interpret the evidence needed to improve practice at the bedside. When the EBFS concept was shared by another VA CNS, the PVAMC CNS committee believed it would be a helpful tool to target practice issues. Further, the EBFS development process would serve as mechanism to mentor staff in applying evidence. Methods: The CNS committee developed a process for identifying EBFS topics, a standardized template, and instructions for authors that included criteria for evidence, CNS mentorship, and a renewal timeline. Distribution methods and an evaluation tool were also identified, developed, and implemented. Findings: Several EBFS on the following topic areas have been developed: infection control, wound care, and insulin management. One infection control EBFS was used to implement a system wide practice change. The EBFS was utilized as the primary means of educating staff on the evidence based change. As a result, no formal in-service education were required. In addition, the EBFS was available for new staff and as a resource when needed. Evaluations of fact sheets have been positive. Staff were initially reluctant to develop EBFS but recently, CNSs have received requests for mentorship on EBFS development. Conclusions: The EBFS process developed by the committee appears to be useful in bridging the gap between evidence and practice. Implications for Practice: CNSs in all practice settings may find EBFS a useful tool to provide staff education and link evidence to practice.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleClinical Nurse Specialists: Bridging the Gap Between Evidence and Practice Using Evidence Based Fact Sheetsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAtherton, Sherrien_US
dc.contributor.authorChurch, Victoriaen_US
dc.contributor.authorLocke, Christyen_US
dc.contributor.authorTjoelker, Ritaen_US
dc.author.detailsSherri Atherton, MS, RN, CNS, CIC, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Victoria Church, MS, RN, CNS; Christy Locke, MS, RN, CNS, CNOR; Rita Tjoelker, MS, RN, CNS, CICen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164166-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The Portland VA Medical Center Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) committee's purpose for this project was to provide healthcare professionals in clinical settings with a process and tools for incorporating evidence into practice using one page evidence-based fact sheets (EBFS). The overall objective was to improve outcomes by integrating evidence. Significance: Innovative tools for integrating evidence at the bedside improve patient outcomes. Background/Design: The PVAMC CNS committee identified that practice across a variety of specialty areas was not always evidence-based. Barriers to utilizing best evidence cited by staff included lack of time to review the literature and difficulty interpreting the evidence. The CNS committee wanted a concise method to educate staff and interpret the evidence needed to improve practice at the bedside. When the EBFS concept was shared by another VA CNS, the PVAMC CNS committee believed it would be a helpful tool to target practice issues. Further, the EBFS development process would serve as mechanism to mentor staff in applying evidence. Methods: The CNS committee developed a process for identifying EBFS topics, a standardized template, and instructions for authors that included criteria for evidence, CNS mentorship, and a renewal timeline. Distribution methods and an evaluation tool were also identified, developed, and implemented. Findings: Several EBFS on the following topic areas have been developed: infection control, wound care, and insulin management. One infection control EBFS was used to implement a system wide practice change. The EBFS was utilized as the primary means of educating staff on the evidence based change. As a result, no formal in-service education were required. In addition, the EBFS was available for new staff and as a resource when needed. Evaluations of fact sheets have been positive. Staff were initially reluctant to develop EBFS but recently, CNSs have received requests for mentorship on EBFS development. Conclusions: The EBFS process developed by the committee appears to be useful in bridging the gap between evidence and practice. Implications for Practice: CNSs in all practice settings may find EBFS a useful tool to provide staff education and link evidence to practice.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:43:16Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:43:16Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Qualityen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationPhoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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