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Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

Hai-Duong Nguyen

Frostburg State University
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This paper will focus on “Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice” from the

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Essentials. The Essentials relates

to my paper “An Analysis of the Efficacy of Hand Hygiene and Alternatives Useful to the Practice” by

showing that I have an understanding of the framework from AACN, and that I have an understanding

of it based on my paper.

Baccalaureate nursing education is predicated and grounded in evidence-based practice.

Evidence-based practice provides a systematic approach within the field of nursing that allows for the

proper “evaluation and application of scientific evidence” (AACN, 2008, p. 16). In other words, it

withstands the scrutiny of scientific rigor by testing the evidence against the general framework of

“theory, practice, and research” (AACN, 2008, p. 17). This general framework of “theory, practice,

and research” includes the proper “identification of practice issues; appraisal and integration of

evidence; and evaluation of outcomes” (AACN, 2008, p. 16). We can see that the correct “evaluation

of outcomes” is necessary over time as this becomes the foundation that is contingent for the

dissemination of best-practices (AACN, 2008, p. 16-17). This understanding of evidence-based

practice for the baccalaureate nurse then serves as the “foundation for more complex applications at the

graduate level” (AACN, 2008, p. 17). Within this foundation is the implication that baccalaureate

nurses should be simultaneously capable of making clinical judgments adhering to legal and ethical

research codes while also safeguarding the rights of patients (AACN, 2008, p. 17).

The previous paragraph establishes the need for scholarly evidence-based practice in the field of

nursing. In my analytical paper, I discussed the efficacy of hand hygiene and alternative methods.

Here I will show how my analytical paper and the topic of hand hygiene demonstrate the principles

within evidence-based practice as “theory, practice, and research” (AACN, 2008, p. 17). In my

analytical paper, I began by identifying the topic and research question. Here is it necessary to state
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that the identification of the topic and research question itself, as theory, was predicated and contingent

on prior practice and research; that is, that it was “background knowledge” from my understanding as a

registered nurse that I gained from both experience and research, which was then fully “fleshed out” in

research with this assignment. From this epistemological point, I moved into a more rigorous research

approach by evaluating the “credibility of [the] sources of information, including but not limited to

databases and Internet resources” by comparing the literature I found in databases and the strength of

the evidence in the literature (AACN, 2008, p. 17). After scientific examination, I made my

conclusion.
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References

Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice. (2008). In The Essentials of Baccalaureate

Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Washington, D.C.: American Association of

Colleges of Nursing.