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New online tool for nurses may improve patient outcomes

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has developed a learning tool for bedside nurses so they can have more information to provide evidence-based patient care and blend the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient perspectives.

“Nursing educators and leaders continue to seek strategies to enculturate EBP within their nursing organization,” researchers stated in the study, published in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development.

UTMB created a program called the Disciplined Clinical Inquiry – Evidence-Based Practice Literacy pathway, which trains nurses to ask questions that rapidly point them to needed information.

Dolora Sanares-Carreon, MPA, RN, NE-BC, lead author and EBP nursing program manager at UTMB, said in a news release that the tool is needed because “mainstreaming EBP to bedside nurses with differing levels of professional experience, education, and generational profile is a challenge for nurses in professional development. There is a clear need for a simplified process for learning these skills in order to address the realities of patient care at the time of treatment.”

The online tool rapidly accesses filtered research evidence that presents information in a format that is easy to understand. UTMB’s online program offers a streamlined yet full education that takes about three hours to learn. Standard DCI-EBP programs may take 50 hours to master, according to the press release.

DCI offers flexibility in learning, concurrent learning and application, congruent systems development, accessibility to best evidence, and iterative built-in outcome and impact evaluation, according to the study. During the five-phase program, nurses learn the EBP skills set: ask a focused question, access the evidence, appraise the evidence, apply the best evidence, and alert peers about the new knowledge, the study stated.

“The first three phases of DCI are focused on the individual and collective knowledge work of the nurse, whereas the last two phases are collaborative activities with patients, families, and the other members of the interprofessional team,” researchers stated.

Researchers tested the tool before implementing it online for all levels of nurses.

“Feedback from the targeted end-users was solicited using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies,” researchers stated. “A focus group of nurses with various levels of practice and clinical specializations was assembled to provide feedback and input on the online modules developed to teach EBP literacy.”

UTMB will host its second annual UTMB Health EBP National Conference April 17-18 at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

“DCI-EBP Literacy provides nurses with the tools they need to shift the focus from following protocols to a more dynamic approach focused on patient outcomes,” Sanares-Carreon said. “We are exploring a mobile app for nurses to use in addition to our online modules.”

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