Running Head: REFLECTIVE JOURNAL1Reflective JournalRuth vingaNrs 490Zontini Jennifer
REFLECTIVE JOURNAL2Week 1, May 29th– June 4th, 2017This introductory week was largely spent acquainting myself with the concept of evidence-based nursing practice (or EBP), and how these ideas would be applicable in my own nursing studies. From the lessons that I gathered from previous studies and the lecture notes, it is clear that EBP is a resourceful tool useable not only for purposes of research, but also is utilizable in finding new methods as well as technologies (Ellis, 2016; LoBiondo-Wood et al, 2013). Moreover, EBP offers important facts and empirical evidence to support potential changesin the field of nursing, and which can be used in teaching new useful methods as well as techniques that have the potential to bring remarkable contributions to the profession (Stevens, 2013). Ultimately, this resource offers excellent research as well as clinical guidelines that are necessary towards the improvement of the nursing practice. During this week, I was able to identify and develop a mentor-mentee relationship with unit manager, who will be an important source of support and guide in my nursing education andpractice. With my new mentor, we had a productive discussion on the goals and potential milestones to cover in this course, besides a review of my ideas and perspectives for an evidence-based nursing change, and the strategy of our communication throughout the period of class.Week 2, June 5th– 11th, 2017During this second week, I had a chance to choose my EB change topic. I will be exploring the effect connection between obesity disorder and PTST incidence in veterans, and find out potential clinically generated evidence-based strategies for mitigating against the incidence of obesity in veterans with PTSD, as well as the roles nursing care in this regard (Church, 2013). I also made use of the campus library to access peer-reviewed journal articles as secondary sources and support for my EB change. Upon data collection, I was able to organize the information and prepare a plan for the conceptualized EB change.
REFLECTIVE JOURNAL3I had a meeting with my mentor where we discussed the planned EB change and the best strategy for its implementation. I had productive guidance on my strengths as well as my weaknesses as a leader and I proposed my personal goals to enhance them. Moreover, we met clinical coordinating team to review the acuity model, its potential benefits the unit, commencement date, as well as their role in the planned EB change. Finally, I offered baseline surveys to the target nursing staff. Importantly, these nursing surveys will be indicative of the nurses’ perceptions before the actual implementation of the planned EB change (Church, 2013).
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