Locate an article from a peer reviewed nursing journal where a practice change was made
based on RESEARCH. Note: You are seeking to find an article that describes some change
in practice that was based on research; this is all about APPLYING research, not DOING
research. Thus, you are NOT looking for a RESEARCH article, but you ARE looking for
an article that uses EVIDENCE from research to make a change.
Describe the change made and comment on the strength of the research evidence utilized
and the whether the change led to improved patient outcomes.
Note any barriers to change that were identified and how they were over
End your discussion with a reflection on how this article is useful to you as you consider
your role as an advanced practice nurse leading others to use the best evidence to
strengthen nursing practice and improve nursing sensitive patient outcomes.
Provide at least three citations with full references to credible nursing scholarly articles
supporting your definitions and discussion.
From Research to Practice
Project management office in nursing care has been shown to improve the nursing care
provided to patients and at the same time, improve the management (Lavoie‐Tremblay et al,
2012). PMO plays an important role in facilitating strategic management of organizations
(Nieva, & Sorra, 2003). The use of PMO in health centers ensures that there is good management
of the health centre and patients. PMO leads to provision of better and quality health care service
and ensures that there is staff and patient satisfaction. In 2007, research showed that PMOs were
being utilized widely especially in the public sector and only a slight number of 5% represented
the health care sector. It showed great success in the public sector and it was considered
beneficial to the health sector. As a result of this conclusion, PMO was implemented in a
Canadian health care center and it was aimed at improving patient outcomes (Lavoie‐Tremblay
et al, 2012).
For this healthcare center, PMO helped in team consolidation and team coordination
while ensuring that evidence-based health care practices were practiced (Lavoie‐Tremblay et al,
2012). The senior nurses consistently monitored the other nurses to ensure that they practiced
evidence-based healthcare practices and this made the nurses to be more committed and use
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evidence based practices often in their duties. The strength of this research evidence was that the
data used had been collected from public and private institution that had practiced this kind of
management and it was successful. Therefore, it was possible to collect accurate data and thus
providing quality results (Hamilton, 2003). The changes made led to improved patient outcomes
because they led to an increase in number of patients who visited the facility and it also led to
improved relationship between the patients and the healthcare professionals. The increased
numbers of patients was as a result of good management of the healthcare center and a patient-
centered approach to care (Hamilton, 2003).
The barrier to change that was observed was that people were reluctant to adopt change
and thus there was poor cooperation between public and the care center. This problem was
tackled though sensitizing the people on the importance of changing the way in which health
care was provided so as to improve the nursing services offered to them. This article can help me
to improve my healthcare practice through application of evidence-based research into practice.
As a senior nursing supervisor, I can be able to monitor the nurses to ensure that the healthcare
they provide to patients is evidence-based (Nieva & Sorra, 2003).
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Hamilton, D. K. (2003). The four levels of evidence based practice. Healthcare Design, 3(4), 18-
Lavoie‐Tremblay, M., Richer, M. C., Marchionni, C., Cyr, G., Biron, A. D., Aubry, M., … &
Vézina, M. (2012). Implementation of Evidence‐Based Practices in the Context of a
Redevelopment Project in a Canadian Healthcare Organization. Journal of Nursing
Scholarship, 44(4), 418-427.
Nieva, V. F., & Sorra, J. (2003). Safety culture assessment: a tool for improving patient safety in
healthcare organizations. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 12(suppl 2), ii17-ii23.