Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an approach to healthcare that utilizes the most current research available in order to improve the health and safety of patients while reducing overall costs and variation in health outcomes (Black, et al., 2015). Introducing change, even evidence-based practice, is not always readily accepted by everyone and may require time for adjusting. Additionally, there may be barriers that may prevent successful implementation of evidence-based practice. Two main barriers to breastfeeding support provided by nurses to new mothers while in the hospital setting are organizational support and lack of motivation from staff members.
Support for the implementation of evidence-based practice is the primary barrier. Nurses need more than to just be given the information, shown how to implement and told to do it. The Knowledge, attitude towards implementing evidence-based practice, lack of resources and training, time mismanagement and lack of motivation are barriers to the implementation of evidence-based practice (Dagne & Beshah, 2021). Organizational support is vital; this can be done by assigning a lighter workload so that nurse can have sufficient time to help these mothers or an extra staff member. Having resource information at hand can also be useful so that nurse can provide this to mothers. Providing nurses with the tools they need to accomplish this practice will motivate nurses to partake in the practice.
Although breastfeeding is natural it may not come natural to all mothers. These mothers may come across challenges such as trouble latching, pain when latching, sore nipples, etc. The goal is to provide nurses with all the resources needed to help and provided these mothers with support they desperately need. But if the nurses are not provided support themselves, they will not be motivated to follow through and this change proposal will fail. Being short staffed, heavy workloads, lack of resources, insufficient time and unclear or unattainable high expectations can discourage nurses from implementing evidence-based practice.
Sustaining change can be difficult, as there are many variables that can affect implementation. One critical component of EBP is to ensure that practice change is part of an organization’s culture so it will continue to impact outcomes over time. Name two potential barriers that may prevent your EBP change proposal from continuing to obtain the same desired results 6 months to a year from now, and your strategies for overcoming these barriers.
Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years. There should be a mix between research and your reflections. Add critical thinking in the posts along with research. Apply the material in a substantial way.