Assignment: Conscious Integration
Evidence-based practice is defined as the conscious integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values and needs in the delivery of quality, cost-effective care.
A PICO format can be used by nurses to better articulate their clinical questions and search for answers to those questions.
The IOWA model can be used to help nurses understand how to find answers to their clinical questions and to search for answers to those questions.
Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements or recommendations that link research and practice and serve as a guide for practitioners. They create a bridge between practice and research.
Hospitals who are pursuing Magnet status (or who have achieved it) are incorporating evidence-based practice into nursing care. MUST USE THE IOWA model.
Must use four total resources.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
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The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.