Leadership & Professional Development

Implementing Evidence-Based Practice Using an Interprofessional Team Approach: Part Two

Susan Bohnenkamp

Nicole Pelton

Cindy J. Rishel

Sandra Kurtin

interprofessional approach, evidence-based practice, translational research
ONF 2014, 41(5), 548-550. DOI: 10.1188/14.ONF.548-550

The complexity inherent in the inpatient oncology population requires effective interprofessional collaboration and integrated evidence-based practice (EBP), drawing from each of the disciplines to achieve desired outcomes. Each member of the team lends a strength and expertise that, when combined, often results in outcomes greater than the sum of its parts (Hall & Weaver, 2001; Petri, 2010; Pullon & Fry, 2005). EBP promotes the use of research to solve issues raised in day-to-day nursing practice. This article provides an overview and summary of an evidence-based project to increase compliance of sequential compression devices (SCDs) in gynecologic oncology and urology patients on a post-surgical inpatient unit using the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) model for continuous quality improvement (CQI) (Institute for Innovation and Improvement, 2013).

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