6052 Evidence Based Practice identifying a researchable problem

6052 Evidence Based Practice identifying a researchable problem

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Identifying a Researchable Problem Shannon Mester Walden University Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice 6052-18 Dr. Linda Robinson September 9, 2016
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2 Identifying a Researchable Problem Introduction Identification of a problem is only the beginning; once a problem is identified it must be addressed. To effectively solve the problem, we need answers. The first step to finding the appropriate solution to our problem is to ask a question, but not just any question, it must be appropriate, and it must be answerable. There are multiple frameworks available to guide the process of asking questions to lead to the best answers that are supported by clinical judgment and patient input; this is the application of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)(Polit & Beck, 2017). The purpose of this paper is to evaluate whether or not the question of allowing visitation to pediatric patients improves outcomes is relevant and researchable. Growing Pains I currently work in a 295-bed facility that is in the process of transition. We are currently pursuing Magnet status, the nursing staff remains highly involved in the implementation of change, which pointed out by the ANA, is a benefit to both nursing staff and patients (Blum, 2014). The hospital has in the past five years become certified as a Primary Stroke Center and received accreditation as a Chest Pain Center ( - us). We have recently transitioned into a formal teaching facility with a family medicine and internal medicine residency program, and we are expanding the pediatric department to include inpatient care. We provide care for acute childhood illnesses as well as emergent and scheduled surgical procedures such as tonsillectomies, appendectomies, and orthopedic procedures. During this process, we are finding ourselves revising existing, and developing new policies regarding the treatment and care of this new patient population. The nursing staff has identified an issue
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