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The Importance of Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

Evidence-based practice in nursing is essential

The movement of healthcare organizations to involve nurses in decision-making has prompted employers to seek a larger percentage of employees who have furthered their education and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. As healthcare evolves to meet changing market dynamics, evidence-based practice in nursing, which is taught in baccalaureate programs, has become a key component in improving patient care and outcomes.

Therefore, a workforce that is BSN trained offers a variety of benefits, such as enhanced training and skill development in critical thinking, leadership and evidence-based practice.

Evidence-based practice is crucial to achieve industry designations

Competition among healthcare providers for employees continues to rise as nursing shortages persist, prompting many employers to seek Magnet® or Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center to distinguish themselves from the competition. This designation helps organizations demonstrate a level of commitment to the professional practice of nursing and standards that improve nurse satisfaction and enhance business growth.

Included in the standards is that evidence-based practice in nursing is essential to the organization. Hospitals increasingly are asking nursing staff to incorporate innovations that improve healthcare operations. In addition, hospitals that employ students pursuing masters’ and doctoral degrees in nursing provide opportunities to complete research-based coursework that can aid with hospital operations. Some hospitals in critical areas offer financial incentives to nurses who advance their education and perform research and community service.

A BSN degree helps integrate research into care

Completing an RN to BSN program enables nurses to incorporate evidence-based practice in nursing and move into leadership roles.

Furthermore, as more research is completed on population health, BSN-prepared nurses will play an important role in implementing strategies to reach underserved populations.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that by 2020, 80 percent of nurses have a baccalaureate degree or higher education. Advanced education is critical in healthcare, because nurses are integrating information that is more advanced, increased technology and greater coordination of care across the continuum of care.

Increasing the number of BSN-prepared nurses also helps build a pipeline of potential master and doctoral candidates who will bring evidence-based practice in nursing across the continuum of healthcare services.

All signs in the healthcare industry point to the benefits of increasing the number of BSN-prepared students ready to implement innovative evidence-based practice nursing practices.

Learn more about the UNF online RN to BSN program.


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The State of Evidence-Based Practice in US Nurses: Critical Implications for Nurse Leaders and Educators.

Journal of Nursing Administration. 2012.

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