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1.....Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an important topic in healthcare organizations. How could you apply EBP in your current nursing practice?

2.......The Pain Scale is a great example of utilizing evidence-based practice (EBP) to evaluate the intensity of the self-report pain using the 0-10 pain scale, before administering their PRN order especially post-surgery. Understanding the Gate Control Theory in relation to the bodies response from the periphery of the body where the pain is felt, and that it transmits the pain impulses through the spinal cord and back up to the brain (McEwen & Willis, 2019, p. 350). Therefore, when pain medication is administered to lower the pain felt by the patient, the gate will close to allow less pain impulses. However, if a pain medication such as opioids are prescribed for acute care, nurses need to monitor vital signs such as oxygen levels, respiratory rate or capnography because opioids can cause sedation which lowers the bodies response for the lungs to breathe and can lead to respiratory depression (Yvonne M D’Arcy, 2013).

3.....Evidence based practice (EBP) has been defined as, " the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients" (McEwen & Wills, 2019). If you have worked at a teaching hospital then you are aware and use EBP. When I graduated from undergraduate studies I thought my life of EBP was over. Not true! I worked at a teaching hospital and while in the nurse residency program, my floor had an EBP project to present. Every floor that had new graduate nurses had the project to do as well it wasn't just my floor. I found while going through the steps of actually coming up with a process that can be implemented and evidence based I learned the true meaning and the purpose of EBP. It is very beneficial research and how policies are put in place for the safety and well being of the patients and providers. The training got me into the habit of verifying why do we do something a certain way, is there a better way? Question everything, with that being said in my current practice I will continue to research and put into practice evidence backed policies and procedures.

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