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Doing Things Better - Making Evidence Work for You!

  • : Melbourne VIC 3001


Includes: PICOT Questions; Clinical Expertise; Patient Preferences; Overcoming Barriers; Return on Investment; Appraising and Disseminating Evidence and much, much more ...


As every day passes, more evidence emerges on how to provide better quality, cost effective care. Despite this, it is estimated to take up to 17 years for new evidence to actually be put into practice! Although there are often better and more efficient ways to provide care, it is simply not being implemented rapidly enough. This seminar provides you with the skills required to translate evidence appropriately. Includes:

  • What are the three pillars of evidence-based practice?
  • Why does evidence alone not equate to EBP?
  • How to develop a PICOT question
  • Finding the best evidence to answer your query
  • How to appraise evidence correctly
  • Selecting and using a framework to implement practice change
  • Disseminating what you have discovered

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Need for Program


Every day, better quality, more cost effective ways to deliver nursing care are being discovered. The source of this is evidence-based practice (EBP) which is widely broadcast as a means of improving health outcomes. There currently appears to be a gap in knowledge about what constitutes evidence-based practice and how to actually implement it in everyday nursing interventions.
Education that shines a light on how to translate evidence to practice at the grassroots level is timely if nurses are to improve the overall health of the community, lower costs and make the best use of available resources.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this program is to enable nurses to bridge the gap between the interpretation of best evidence and frontline nursing practice so as to better use available resources, monitor costs and deliver quality care.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Identify a clinical problem and write the PICOT question to match the enquiry
  • Integrate EBP into your day-to-day nursing care of patients
  • Appraise evidence for alignment to patient values in the clinical context
  • Evaluate and disseminate the results of your new knowledge and disseminate the results to your colleagues
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Real Nursing - Why EBP is Here to Stay …

    The heady days of performing nursing care based on rituals and habits are rapidly disappearing. This introductory session provides the ‘nuts and bolts’ behind evidence-based nursing practice and why it makes sense. It will remove some of the myths associated with its implementation. This session will set the scene for this seminar and includes:

    • What is the difference between best evidence and evidence-based practice?
    • Does the patient have a say in EBP?
    • What has clinical reasoning got to do with it?
    • Where does experience-based knowledge fit?
    • What EBP is not!


    How Quality Improvement Meets Evidence-based Practice!

    Safety and quality occur when nothing is taken for granted and everything is questioned. For nurses, this means asking why interventions continue to be carried out when there may be better ways to do them.

    • When do you know you have a clinical problem?
    • How are these situations identified?

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Finding the Solution to a Clinical Problem

    This is where the use of evidence becomes becomes powerful. In this practical session, we will look at a formula that will assist you to design a great clinical question that will enable you to find a focused answer for a problem you are currently experiencing in your practice. Includes

    • What is PICOT and how does it relate to finding a solution?
    • How to formulate a question that is concise and goes to the root of a problem
    • What is a foreground and what is a background question?
    • What about haphazard use of evidence?


    Google - Not the Answer!

    Where do you find the best - most appropriate evidence to answer your question? There are many databases that you can use. This includes the prestigious Joanna Briggs Institute database which is widely acknowledged as a definitive source of nursing knowledge in the world today. In this session we will review the merits if major databases that can assist you to locate your answer to your clinical problem. Includes:

    • Understanding the hierarchies of knowledge
    • Which database is most appropriate for answering your problem?
    • How to search effectively
    • What databases are free?
    • Ask a librarian for help if available

    12:45pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Nailing Down Your Solution

    A practical session demonstrating how to search a database using a PICOT question from a participant.


    Trustworthiness - How to Appraise your Findings

    In this session you will be lead through a systematic process to review an article. This will assist you to recognise the relative merit of articles. This is an essential part of the process as you want to be sure you are implementing the very best available knowledge into your clinical environment. Includes:

    • How evidence is appraised
    • Is the information in the article reliable?
    • How to determine if it answers your clinical question?
    • Does it have meaning and is it able to be applied in practice?

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Barriers to Change

    Working in a small group you will now have an opportunity to think about some of the barriers you might encounter in your workplace if you would like to implement a new practice.


    Discussion of Common Bottlenecks to Change

    This final session will engage all participants to look at commonalities across facilities in the typical problems that emerge when a new practice is to be implemented. Will much change be required to implement your findings? This session will prepare you for day two when we will look at frameworks for implementing EBP.

    4:15pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Warm Up — Review of Day One


    Useful Frameworks For Helping You to Implement EBP

    Because of the difficulties encountered when making changes to rituals or routine practices, frameworks have emerged to make the process easier. There are now a range of frameworks you can use. This first session looks at several frameworks and analyses their relative merits. Includes:

    • What is the biggest barrier that would stop you implementing change?
    • How to select an EBP implementation framework that will help you overcome the barriers
    • Is there a framework more suited to a clinical setting than a residential aged care setting?
    • What is the difference between various models of knowledge translation?
    • How to locate the framework best suited to your need

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Demonstration of How to Implement EBP

    In this interactive session we will look at an example of how one of the EBP implementation frameworks could work in practice.

    • Why have you chosen to select this framework?
    • Who are the most important stakeholders?
    • Who will this change affect others?
    • How will the framework help you to move past any resistance?
    • What will your plan of action look like?
    • What time frame will you put on it?

    12:45pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Return on Investment (ROI) Making the Business Case for Changing a Practice

    In order for you to effect change, resources may be necessary and you may need to prepare a business case. This short session will give you some tips on how to write a business case that hits the target and demonstrates ROI.


    How Effective Has It All Been? Evaluation of Your Effort

    Evaluation of your process to see if it made any difference is rewarding and informative. It can never be underestimated which is why it is essential that a time and plan of how you will evaluate your effort be stated at the outset. This session looks at what is involved in the evaluation part of implementation and why it is so important you get it right. Includes:

    • When should the evaluation be planned?
    • How to best evaluate your outcome
    • What has the PICOT question got to do with this evaluation?

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Disseminating the Outcome of Your Initiatives

    Once you have effectively implemented your EBP and finished your evaluation, it is important that you let others know the outcome. There are a range of reasons why this should occur and this final session will explore some of these. Includes:

    • Clinical accountability - positive and negative outcomes
    • Management implications including costs - have you saved money?
    • Supporting the profession of nursing and demonstrating your value as a nurse

    4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    Vivien Lane

    Vivien Lane

    Dr Vivien Lane is a nurse clinician specialising in oncology and palliative care, with over three decades’ experience in education, research and policy-making. Vivien's doctorate (2001) developed a 'nursical' perspective on women's experiences of pap smears and her research findings predicted by over a decade the paradigm shift towards vaccinating both sexes against human papilloma virus (HPV). Vivien has held academic appointments with the University of Technology (UTS) and the University of Sydney, and she was a member of the inaugural Board of the Cancer Institute NSW.

Doing Things Better - Making Evidence Work for You!
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Melbourne VIC 3001
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