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Essential III Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

Anne Waskiewicz

Frostburg State University


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Essential III

Essential III in the baccalaureate education program provides the foundation for a

systematic approach to study a current theory and apply a scientific procedure for the purpose to

develop, translate and disseminate the findings to colleagues and other healthcare professional.

The fundamental building block ensures a cohesive, organized approach to research. The

information obtained must be verified and able to be reproduced by others. The Essential spurs

the professional nurse to reach out beyond the confines of their practice and work

collaboratively. (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008)

The Exemplar

The question: Will consistency in education and training for the RN team on the Medical

Surgical Unit result in more timely blood draws to optimize patient treatment. The reason I

chose this topic was because of an interest to see if all the RNs on our unit were competent to

draw blood would it improve our patients care, safety and satisfaction. It is important to

research this idea to see if this small change could positively affect the overall outcome. The

research provided some excellent recommendations. One recommendation was hand washing.

It was a surprise to me, yet extremely pertinent, to ensure the possibility of an accurate blood

draw one must practice good hand hygiene.

Reflection

The combination of the Evidenced-Based Practice course and the AACN Essential III has

showed the importance in the professional practice of healthcare providers to continue

educational pursuits for a lifetime. The question starts the process as stated in Essential III,
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demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of the research process and models for

applying evidence to clinical practice. (AACN, 2008) The textbook provided an excellent

resource for the professional nurse to research the question. (Schmidt & Brown, 2015) Research

does not take place in a box. Research is integrative, collaborative, ethical and to be shared.

Essential III states, collaborate in collection, documentation, and dissemination of evidence.

(AACN, 2008) In the ever-changing world we live in, it is important that each professional help

pass the torch of our research and discoveries to those around us and beyond.
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References

Nursing, A. A. (2008, October 20). The Essential of Baccalaureate Education for Professional

Nursing Practice. Washington, , DC: American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Schmidt, N., & Brown, J. (2015). Evidence-Based Practice 3rd Edition. Burlington: Jones and

Bartlett Learning.