Evidence-based research focus in RN to BSN programs

A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2000 was the seed for change in the education of nursing professionals. The report concluded that errors in patient care cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year. A second report from the institute, published the following year, recommended that healthcare workers employ evidence-based practice in caring for patients in order to decrease error-related injuries and deaths. This meant that nursing education, including online RN to BSN programs, needed to teach methods of evidence-based research.

Evidence-based research is an important part of RN to BSN programs

A study conducted by doctoral-degreed nurses found that the majority of the nurses surveyed did not understand or value research and they felt inadequate when it came to gathering evidence-based research from electronic sources. Today, however, it is essential for nurses to know these processes; hence, learning how to gather and use research in nursing practice is an important part of online RN to BSN programs.

Online RN to BSN programs teach nurses how to gather
and use evidence-based research

Competency in evidence-based research is the foundation for good nursing practice. Because of today's electronic capabilities, nurses must be literate consumers of electronic information. These skills, taught in online RN to BSN courses, include:

  • Understanding the scholarly process of gathering information
  • Navigating a variety of print and electronic tools in order to access, search and critically evaluate resources
  • Synthesizing accumulated information
  • Communicating research results clearly and effectively
  • Appreciating the social issues and ethical concerns related to the sharing of information

The effects of implementing evidence-based research in nursing practice

In the last decade, the evidence-based process has moved beyond any previous research efforts made in nursing. Its entry into the healthcare scene constituted a paradigm shift; namely, employing evidence-based research has transformed healthcare and affected the way nurses think about research.

The impact of adopting evidence-based research in healthcare has been felt across nursing practice, education and science. It is important for RN to BSN online programs to include courses on evidence-based research that teach nurses how to increase effectiveness, efficiency, safety and timeliness of healthcare.

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Stevens, Kathleen. "The impact of evidence-based practice in nursing and the next big ideas." http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/

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