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Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is an attempt to apply information gained from research to the patient care process. Specifically, EBP seeks to apply judgments about the quality of evidence, to those aspects of medicine that depend on rational assessments of risks and benefits of treatments.
According to the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, "Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients."
EBP seeks to clarify those parts of clinical practice that can be validated by scientific methods and to apply these methods to ensure the best prediction of outcomes in patient care.
The Presbyterian Nursing Research Council is responsible for developing and coordinating all nursing based research projects in the organization. The Council works in collaboration with a doctoral prepared nursing researcher from the University of New Mexico to define and develop projects.
Projects range from simple process improvement initiatives to full scientific research projects related to improving patient care. Each individual Practice Council sponsors a research project annually which usually focuses on an issue or need in their particular program.
The Presbyterian Mini-Grant Program, funded by the Presbyterian Foundation, is a method through which our nurses and nursing students can apply for funding of up to $1,000 to use in the development and implementation of clinical or nursing process improvements and research projects. Eligible projects improve the quality of patient care and to contribute to the body of knowledge of professional Nursing, support the Department of Nursing’s Strategic Plan, and show connectivity to one of the ANCC-Forces of Magnetism.