Assessment 2 Instructions: Determining the Credibility of Evidence and Resources
Develop a 2-4 page scholarly paper in which you describe a quality or safety issue, or a chosen diagnosis, and then identify and analyze credible evidence that could be used as the basis for applying EBP to the issue.
The goal of using evidence-based research findings is to enhance safety and quality of patient care and ensure optimal outcomes are achieved. It is not uncommon to hear a nurse say, “why change it as we’ve always done it this way.” However, this is no longer acceptable in today’s practice environment. The profession of nursing has evolved, and the expectation is that the professional nurse has a scientific foundation to support the care that is provided.
As the profession of nursing continues to evolve and engage in health care transformation, baccalaureate-prepared nurses are expanding taking on leadership roles that include incorporating EBPs. To be able to do this, the nurse needs to understand the criteria and makes a resource credible, as this is crucial when deciding if the research is valid and reliable for implementation into health care settings.
The nurse will need to incorporate the use of evidence-based practice models. EBP models are designed to assist the nurse in developing a plan to gather evidence to answer a practice problem or question. It is a systematic approach to direct the user to incorporate scholarly findings into current practice. These EBP models lead the nurse through the decision-making process of evaluating the literature to determine the best practice evidence for the practice issue or question.
It would be an excellent choice to complete the Vila Health Determining the Credibility of Evidence activity prior to developing the report. The activity is a media simulation that offers an opportunity to review a scenario and work on determining the credibility of presented evidence. These skills will be necessary to complete Assessment 2 successfully. This media simulation is one potential source of context on which to base your assessment submission. This will take just a few minutes of your time and is not graded.
As a baccalaureate-prepared nurse, you will be responsible for locating and identifying credible and scholarly resources to incorporate the best available evidence for the purposes of enhancing clinical reasoning and judgement skills. When reliable and relevant evidence-based findings are utilized, patients, health care systems, and nursing practice outcomes are positively impacted.
For this assessment, you may choose from the following options as the context for the quality or safety issue or chosen diagnosis/health issue for researching and completing this assessment:
The specific diagnosis/health issue you identified in your previous assessment.
The simulation Vila Health: Determining the Credibility of Evidence.
A personal practice experience in which a sentinel event occurred.
The purpose of this analysis is to better understand what constitutes credibility of journal articles as well as websites. The role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in incorporating evidence-based research continues to growth in clinical practice. As quality improvement (QI) measures to reduce safety risks continue to be emphasized, the need for evidence-based models and evidence-based templates is growing.
This type of systematic approach to incorporating evidence-based findings allows nurses to make clinical and operational decisions based upon the best available evidence. When the most up-to-date evidence-based findings are utilized, patient-centered care improves outcomes and enhances the patient experience.
When determining the credibility of different types of sources, including academic articles and websites, it is necessary to focus on certain criteria. These criteria include authority, currency, accuracy, relevance, and objectivity. Thus, it is important to ensure that the source is written by a specialist in the area; the source is published within the past five years. Information presented in the article should be accurate, and the peer-review process is important for scholarly works.
Content needs to be relevant and include only factual and credible data on the topic. Objectivity is important to be noted because a paper needs to be free of bias. These criteria work for website and academic articles, but in the field of scholarly writing, much attention is also paid to peer-reviewing. Furthermore, journal articles have a specific logical structure, and their quality is assessed according to the levels of evidence (Ingham-Broomfield, 2016). Thus, the results of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews are prioritized when selecting evidence.
All the sources that were selected to provide evidence-based practice solutions to the problem of patients’ falls are of high quality and credible; they were published within the past five years. Thus, Tsuda (2017) provided a high-level systematic review on fall prevention interventions. The article by Wongrakpanich et al. (2019) presented the results of the quantitative practice improvement project oriented toward decreasing the risk of falling for patients with the help of the “stop-falling” checklist.
Kinoshita et al. (2019) conducted a quantitative randomized controlled study to determine the role of the medical staff in preventing patients’ falls. All these high-quality articles include evidence-based information on the most effective practices for preventing falls in adult patients.
The evidence-based practice (EBP) model requires the inclusion of the most effective practices and interventions that can be used by practitioners to address certain healthcare issues. For the problem of preventing patients’ falls in hospitals, there are many evidence-based practices used by medical workers. However, the latest studies indicate that some of these techniques are more effective than others.
If these studies are randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews, their results are more important for practitioners than data presented in general reviews. Therefore, it is important to incorporate high-level and credible studies into the EBP model for improving daily medical practices because the data presented in these sources are scientific and relevant.