REFLECTIVE JOURNALReflective JournalWeek 1, September 23rd - 29thThis week was spent on understanding the importance of evidenced based practice and how I will utilize it in my capstone course. EBP is used as a resource to identify new methods and technologies to improve patient outcomes and decrease patient complications. Furthermore, EBP provides hard facts and supports nursing and teaches specific evidence on how to care from patients as to improve patient outcomes and overall providing quality research and clinical guidelines in improving the nursing practice. This week I established Aaron Mansfield, clinical educator in the emergency department, as my mentor. We discussed the goals of this course, my ideas for an evidence based change, and how we would communicate throughout the class. Week 2, September 30th– October 6thThis week I have chosen my evidenced based change project. Falls have been an ongoing issue at my facility, so I chose implementation of fall risk assessment and hourly rounding in lowering the occurrence of falls. I utilized the GCU library to access peer reviewed articles to support my change proposal. I began to organize my articles and began working at obtaining as much research evidence as possible to support my change proposal. I met with Aaron, my mentor, to discuss my change plan and how I can best implement this change proposal. He gave me guidance on my strengths and weaknesses of my proposal and ways on which I can improve my goals on this change proposal. 2
REFLECTIVE JOURNALAaron and I then collaborated with the clinical directors and supervisors of the ERtodiscuss how we can successfully implement hourly rounding and appropriate fall risk assessment in the ER. They recommended education of the nurses and staff during our fall education day and gathering input from the staff on how this can be completed.