Friday, January 11, 2008

Evidence-Based Policy and Procedures

Authors at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora have recently authored an article titled Evidence-Based Policy and Procedures: an algorithm for success which appeared in JONA : Journal of Nursing Administration 38(1): 47- 51, January 2008. Library users at St. Joseph Hospital, Orange and CHOC can read the full text of this article online via Burlew Medical Library's website. The authors identified nothing in the literature speaking to evidence-based policy and procedure development. Their EBP Council then identified the steps involved in evidence-based policy development and created a 10-step algorithm with very practical detail. The authors describe their process for systematically critiquing and rating the evidence identified. Another interesting innovation at this Magnet hospital is their requirement for a yearly EBP competency that is required for all clinical nurses. Does anyone out there in the blogosphere know of any other institution that has such a requirement?

Kudos to the authors: Kathleen S. Oman, RN, PhD, CEN, FAEN; Christine Duran, APRN-BC, DNP, CNS, CCTN; Regina Fink, RN, PhD, AOCN, FAAN.

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