Posted: October 27th, 2022

Nursing role and scope


Choose a nursing intervention (examples: IV saline flush versus Heparin; current trends in wound care; unrestricted visiting hours versus limited visiting in the ICU, etc.) related to your area of expertise or one that you would like to prove best evidence. Search a minimum of two sites from the below Sources of Evidence for guidelines and/or recommendations from the research for your chosen intervention.

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Answer the following questions:

1. Present your intervention and rationale for choosing

2. Who are the authors of the guidelines/recommendations (or articles if an article is included)? Specifically, were any nurses a part of the decision-making? How important is it to have nurses as part of evidence appraisal?

3. What type of evidence was considered when creating the guideline/protocol?

4. Summarize the quality of the evidence and strength of the recommendations.

5. How do these guidelines/recommendations compare to what you know and practice in your institution?

6. Provide a summary of support to continue with current practice or change practice related to the intervention.

Sources of Evidence:

Keiser University Online Library:

 Literature searches and data bases (CINAHL, OVID, PROQUEST)

AHRQ Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations:

 Information and includes links to NGC, USPSTF, and others.

AHRQ’s National Guideline Clearinghouse:

 A public resource for summaries of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines

U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF):

 Recommendations from panel of national experts (including nurses) in prevention and evidence-based medicine 

Cochrane Reviews:

 Systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy

Guideline Central:

 Guidelines, quick-reference tools (including apps), available in both print and digital formats 

Lippincott’s Evidence-based Practice Network

: Articles, tools, resources for best practices

Professional Nursing Associations such as the 

American Nurses Association (ANA):

 Standards of Care, Code of Ethics

Specialty organizations such as:

Emergency Nurses Association

 – Practice Resource Library

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN):

 Position statements and resources

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