Home Care is found to be more desirable than assisted living for many who can afford it, and “according to AARP, more than 95 percent of seniors want to stay in their home as long as possible, even if they need help with day-to-day activities” (First Light Home Care, 2014). If we are paving the way through home care for elderly, and other vulnerable individuals to stay in the community, where they can be safe at home and be around things which they love and are familiar to them, then we have to get behind the science of how to keep them safe through the same EBP we take pride into when it comes to research topics (North Dakota Center for Nursing, n.d.), such as “spinal immobilization and pressure ulcers”, or EBP for complementary and alternative medicine “cinnamon and Diabetes Mellitus” are example of different areas EBP research is conducted. However, very little about homecare can be found from that same website.
One of the main issues for my organization in addressing a solution in evidence-based nursing practice is due to the fact that we do not have a designated educator that has the time or the job in educating and introducing how evidence-based practice (EBP). The organization has educators but they focus on orienting the new hires and asking about online education modules that need to be completed. I believe that if the organization would set aside time for an educator to provide the nurses and staff with education on EBP to incorporate into our practice it would be a good and effective way to learn.
The first step in addressing and resolving this issue is by having one of the four educators we assigned to teach and implement new EBP as approved by nursing leadership and the medical board.
According to a journal article, it states that a way to overcome the barrier of time constraints is by providing an EBP facilitator. This might be a staff educator, manager, or an interdisciplinary team member. The facilitator can present evidence review for the busy provider