Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing Care

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“Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the integration of patient preferences and values, clinical expertise, and rigorous research to make decisions that lead to improved outcomes for patients and families” (Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 171). The need for evidence based practice will help ensure the patient will receive the highest level of quality of care. Each member of the health care team, work together with the common goal of identifying the needs of the patient and offering the most safe, efficient, and effective care. Patient and family centeredness is one of the values identified with the decisions that are being made on the behalf of the patient with evidence based practice (Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 176). By focusing…show more content…
The patient is given educational handout with information on their new diagnosis and medications while in the hospital. The discharge instructions are reviewed with the patient and family member before the patient can go home. During the time that the discharge instructions are reviewed, the patient could be anticipating going home and experiencing a mixture of emotions before being discharge. There could be some excitement, sadness or nervousness based upon their acceptance of the diagnosis while in the hospital. Some of the discharge instructions could be retained or lost in their memory once the patient Is discharged from home. There are times when after the patient is discharged from the hospital, the patient sometimes calls back to the nursing station with questions concerning their discharge medications or instructions. I believe if there was a hospital discharge hotline staffed by registered nurses for the patient to call after discharge, this would help make their transition easier from the hospital to at home setting. This will ensure the patient and family member questions are answered and more time has been dedicated to the patient or caregiver over the phone for help with discharge. “As a continuous process, discharge planning starts earlier and continues later and involves reaching out to both health care professionals and family caregivers along the entire continuum of a patient’s care” (Robeznieks, 2017, p. 40). Through this continuous process of discharge planning, this can help improve the quality of care rendered to the patient and lessen the chance of readmission to the
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