study had results from various surveys in a cross-sectional study showing that different care
areas of nursing staff had high burnout rates and compassion fatigue, but the ER scored
exceptionally high and had a significantly higher risk for this problem (Hooper, Craig, Janvrin,
Wetsel, & Reimels, 2010).
The study also tied the evidence that this burnout in nurses
contributes to patient satisfaction, and the ER again, along with other critical care areas had more
risks with this than other inpatient units (Hooper et al., 2010).
How Evidence-Based Practice Contributes to Better Outcomes
Polit, and Beck (2017) state that there will be a continued push on EBP and engaging
nurses to utilize and learn about translational research.
Translational research is on how
evidence from a study can be applied to nursing practice (Polit, & Beck, 2017).
For the PICOT
question, evidence found was the ER does have a higher rate of nursing burnout and compassion
fatigue, and with that, there was a link to patient satisfaction as supported by the articles
mentioned in this paper and reference list.
The common theme of creating better outcomes was:
informing nurses of this evidence making them self-aware and hitting this problem head-on with
education on burnout and prevention (Mederios-Costa et al., 2017) (Person et al., 2013).
Potential Negative Outcomes if there is a lack of Evidence-Based Practice
The negative outcome is already happening as evidence of high burnout and low patient
satisfaction in the ER setting.
Making changes without any evidence to support it could just lead
to more issues, with no real results.
Not only to mention the amount of time, effort, and money
that could be wasted by trial and error.
Utilizing EBP is imperative to have best outcomes and
safety, research and methods have been tried in controlled areas for us so that we know what is
best, the guesswork or trial and error has been completed (Majid et al., 2011).
Lack of evidence