Posted: December 24th, 2016
Nurse managers and Nurse Practitioners play a special and important role in healthcare today because of their influence on nurses and their assistance in the patient experience. Nurse Practitioners have the unique ability to blend their nursing training and experience with their advanced knowledge in healthcare, which most certainly involves advanced exposure to EBP, to advise patients of the newest evidence in healthcare. Advanced practice nurses who integrate EBP in their care of patients, help their patients achieve more goals quicker than those who do not utilize the practice of research (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). The area of patient medication compliance is a constant source of practitioners concern, which is also an area that is documented in EBP and can be used to aide in increasing awareness and raising compliance rates.
Nurse Managers’ role in the education and direction of fellow nurses, will also benefit from the use of EBP and its’ principles. Nurses face an extraordinary amount of stress and fatigue, the use of ways to alleviate this symptom so common in nurses with many years of experience is well documented in research studies. Managers who use this information and find ways to help their followers practice safer, less stressful shifts, will foster an environment of great morale and a more positive area for their patients.
How would a nurse practitioner and a nurse manager differ with regard to how they use and incorporate EBP in their areas of practice?
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