Sample Nursing Paper on Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing

Student Learning Objectives

I met the student learning objectives in many ways and plan to use various personal strategies to sustain evidence-based practice culture at work. one of the ways in which I met the student learning objectives was collaborating with other students to increase my knowledge on the course. I also engaged in various exercises, such as case studies and problem-solving tasks, that helped me to grasp the course concepts. Moreover, I asked my teachers and classmates questions to clarify areas.

I plan to use two strategies to sustain an evidence-based practice culture at work. foremost, I intend to join the American Nurses Association to sustain an evidence-based practice culture at work. The association will allow me to stay up-to-date on the recent developments in my practice. It will also provide a wide range of resources to broaden my networking opportunities and promote continuing training. I will also register for nursing webinars and conferences in which top influencers share the latest advancement in evidence-based practices. Such events would offer high-quality opportunities to further my nursing knowledge.

Course Objectives

This course has several objectives and I believe I have met. The course explores how evidence is used to justify the practice of registered nurses, aims to ensure that the student learns to analyze published research objectively for its efficiency in enhancing patient-centered treatment. It also aims to address existing techniques that shape nursing approaches in evidence-based practices and explores the importance of qualitative and quantitative evidence practices and media effects on the presentation of health findings. I met the objectives by completing a project that involved collecting and analyzing cancer patients’ data.  Assignments, such as personal evaluation, also helped me in determining the objectives I had achieved and those I had not met, thus work to meet the unmet ones.

Advocating for Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based practice is essential because it enables delivering the most efficient healthcare possible to improve patient outcomes. The incorporation of evidence-based practices in nursing enables nurses to make well-founded decisions based on scientific research and be up-to-date about current health care protocols.  Nurses raise the likelihood of patient recovery by obtaining documented interventions and understanding the risks or efficacy of a clinical diagnosis or treatment. The implementation of evidence-based practice allows nurses to include patients in the healthcare plan. Therefore, patients can play a role in their healthcare as they can express their concerns, preferences, and values.

impact of Art and Science

The effective practice of nursing requires narrative competence, that is, the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on others’ stories and plights. Such a practice yields a humane and effective medical approach. With narrative competence, nurses can reach their patients. Narratives on evidence-based health care can also help recognize essential issues and concerns in current nursing practices. On the other hand, science, which includes theory, is an integral part of the research process that provides a framework for the necessary guidance to the research studies concerning nursing care.

Health Care Decisions for Patients While Considering the Context of Diverse and Multi-Cultural Environments

A nurse must be aware of the context of the working environment and the patients’ circumstances and belief systems to provide healthcare effectively. Nurses should avoid making assumptions and judgments about a patient (Sharplin, 2019). Assumptions may lead to misdiagnosis, mistreatment, and may alienate nurses from patients. Nurses should also be culturally sensitive, build trust, and good rapport with patients to encourage the patients to be cooperative. As Curry (2005) mentions, recognizing cultural diversity in nursing provides opportunities for the administration of quality care to patients. Making patients comfortable encourages them to open up, thus improve the chances of healthcare practitioners resolving their health issues.

Personal and Professional Commitment to Providing Evidence-Based Nursing Care

I will ask clinical questions using the PICO(T) system to ensure safety and quality care. Creating PICO(T) questions will help me to find the best possible evidence on the health issue to be addressed. I will also use Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) and Systematic Reviews (SRs) to critically appraise evidence-based practice to promote quality healthcare. Ultimately, I will monitor and analyze the results of my decisions.

Evidence, Outcome Data, And Best Practice Guidelines from Scholarly Sources To Reduce Risk And Improve Patient Safety

Evidence-based practice (EBP) has been found to improve health quality through a problem-solving approach to clinical treatment. EBP increases the quality of treatment by incorporating experience in healthcare and decision-making (Curry, 2005).  EBP incorporates clinical experience, scientific research, and patient-professional viewpoint to develop well-rounded health care solutions that can improve treatment delivery hence increase chances of patient recovery.

Effect of Media on Communicating Health Research Findings

The universal nature of the news media makes it a powerful tool for directing attention to specific issues.  The more coverage a topic receives in the news, the more likely it is to be a public concern. Media enable healthcare research findings to be shared easily and efficiently around the world, to reach all individuals.

Data Sources to Retrieve, Discern, and Evaluate Appropriate Literature Sources to Inform Clinical Questions

ACP Journal Club and BMJ Clinical Evidence data and literature sources are some of the sources of providing credible answers to clinical questions, commentary, and reviews. Healthcare databases, such as PubMed and UpToDate, offer healthcare information, which helps nurses offer the most appropriate and effective care to significantly improve patient conditions.

Critically Appraise Health-Related Literature

Notably, critical appraisal is fundamental in healthcare settings in that it plays a crucial role in addressing challenges faced in healthcare facilities. A health literature review helps in identifying clinically relevant papers and continuing professional development. Health-related literature upholds the reliability of clinical practice intervention by incorporating nurses’ expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from the organized study and patients’ ethics and expectations into policy-making.

Value Systems Related to Ethical and Legal Accountability Within Health-Related Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Care

Value systems in evidence-based care guide how work should be accomplished, develop clear standards and metrics against which professional performance is measured, and hold professionals accountable for their behavior. Two essential principles are set down in a value-based health care system. First, the value systems should give priority to the patient. Second, the delivery of care should be based on specific conditions and the symptoms of the patient should be observed and documented during treatment.




Curry, L. (2005). The future of the public’s health in the 21st century. Generations, 29(2), 82.

Sharplin, G., Adelson, P., Kennedy, K., Williams, N., Hewlett, R., Wood, J., … & Eckert, M. (2019). Establishing and sustaining a culture of evidence-based practice: An evaluation of barriers and facilitators to implementing the best practice spotlight organization program in the Australian healthcare context. In Healthcare, 7(4), 142. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. https://doi:10.3390/healthcare7040142