- Reliability and validity are related qualities but independent. They are similar to the terms precision and accuracy, respectively. A wind-up clock that does not work is accurate (valid) twice a day. But it lacks precision (reliability). A digital clock that is always 5 minutes slow is never accurate (valid) but is very precise (reliable). Elaborate on the assessment instrument used in your project to ensure validity and reliability.
- Why is it important to incorporate a theory or model related to change when implementing practice changes? Does the benefit of incorporating a change model outweigh the time and effort it took to include it?
- When reviewing the literature and different types of evidence, there are often gaps in the findings. Are such gaps a help or a hindrance when wanting to create a change?
- What is the difference between statistically significant evidence and clinically significant evidence? How would each of these findings be used to advance an evidenced-based project?
- Research and EBP projects can be communicated in many ways. Which method do you think is most effective to get to the staff nurse level? To the advance practice nurses? How will you ensure that all appropriate audiences receive your information?
- There is power in having data to support change. The EBP process is one way of advancing improvements in health care. Identify three strategies that you will now incorporate into your role in health care based on this course. Explain your rationale.