Self-Introduction Focused on Evidence-Based Practice

Self-Introduction Focused on Evidence-Based Practice

Please create your Self-Introduction focusing on your experience with evidence-based practice using a creative video. In this video please identify your:

Educational and Clinical experience
What is your experience with Evidence Based Practice or Research
Areas of Advanced Practice you are interested in researching for your MSN Capstone Project
Personal goals for learning about Evidence Based Practice or Research
One or two personal items about yourself.
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Self-Introduction Focused on Evidence-Based Practice

  1. My Educational and Clinical Experience

I am a nurse who has undergone basic nursing education from my country of birth after which I practiced for some time. I have a bachelor’s degree from my country that is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National League for Nursing (NLN). It is this recognition that has enabled me to start pursuing my postgraduate MSN here in the United States.

In-between my educational pursuits, I have also been working and I have quite a wealth of clinical experience. I have previously worked in a mental health facility in the subacute division. I also worked as an institutional nurse and then as a nurse case manager. Apart from these areas of nursing, I also have experience working in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and a long term acute care hospital (LTACH). I must admit that all these areas have bequeathed me with a wealth of experience that have prepared me well to practice using only evidence-based interventions (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2019).

  1. My Personal Experience with Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

Judging from my clinical experience as described above, it is easy to deduce that I indeed am no stranger to evidence-based practice or EBP. My understanding is that EBP is the practice of using on patients only those interventions that have scholarly or research proof of efficacy. This is what is referred to as best practice as opposed to common practice. In all the institutions and settings that I have worked with, the philosophy without exception has been to use only EBP when caring for patients. I have been privileged to work in institutions that embrace change and therefore whenever there were questions about particular interventions and their efficacy, clinical inquiry was used to identify the best alternative evidence-based interventions. This was done by identifying a problem or gap in practice and then using the PICOT model to eventually search for answers using research databases containing current peer-reviewed scholarly evidence (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2019; Stannard, 2021; Twa, 2016).

  1. The Areas of Advanced Practice I am Interested in Researching for my MSN Capstone Project

Personally, the areas that I feel interest in researching for my MSN capstone project are influenced by my previous clinical experience. Therefore, that capstone project will without doubt be on one of the following:

  1. Prevention of patient falls in long-term care facilities (LTCFs)
  2. Demonstrating evidence of superiority of transformational nurse leadership style over other leadership styles in a healthcare setting.
  • Prevention of suicidality in adolescents though early screening of depression using the PHQ-A tool (Patient Health Questionnaire Modified for Adolescents).
  1. My Personal Goals for Learning About Evidence-Based Practice

My personal goals for learning about evidence-based practice include:

  1. To provide the best possible care that produces exceptional patient outcomes using EBP alone.
  2. To further EBP knowledge by engaging myself in research that seeks to upgrade common practice to best practice.
  3. A Personal Item About Myself

A personal item or fact about me is that I had to at first struggle a bit with assimilating into the American culture when I came here. But after adjusting to the culture shock, I have now become naturalized and do not have any problem anymore.     

References

Melnyk, B.M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice, 4th ed. Wolters Kluwer.

Stannard, D. (2021). Problem identification: The first step in evidence‐based practice. AORN Journal, 113(4), 377–378. https://doi.org/10.1002/aorn.13359

Twa, M.D. (2016). Evidence-based clinical practice: Asking focused questions (PICOT). Optometry and Vision Science, 93(10), 1187–1188. https://doi.org/10.1097/OPX.0000000000001006

 

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