The University of Texas Medical Branch has developed a new program to train nurses to ask questions that will provide them with the information they need more quickly. The program is an online tool to assist nurses so they can rapidly access filtered research evidence showing them information in an accessible and concise format, as highlighted in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development.
Significant advances are being made in medicine, with practitioners having access to new techniques and tools; however, there is a growing amount of information to learn and incorporate so that medical professionals can provide evidence-based patient (EBP) care, which includes integrating clinical expertise, research evidence and patient’s perspectives. This in turn can be time consuming for the bedside nurse, a significant problem thus far.
The online program that UTMB offers uses online modules that take roughly 3 hours to complete, opposed to the standard DCI-EBP programs that may require 50 hours to master.
Dolora Sanares-Carreon, the lead author and also an EBP nursing program manager at UTMB, stated in a press release, “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.”
Researchers gathered feedback from a focus group with nurses at different levels of expertise and from different clinical specialties to ensure the program was designed in the best way possible. After those impressions were collected, UTMB made the online program available to enhance nurses’ ability to engage EBP.
UTMB will host the 2nd annual UTMB Health EBP National Conference at the Galveston Island Convention Center on April 17 and 18, 2015 with the goal to assess real-world approaches while promoting a transformative EBP health care system. Registration can be accessed here.
“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. We are exploring a mobile app for nurses to use in addition to our online modules,” noted Sanares-Carreon.