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Hi everyone,

I am writing an EBP paper this semester and need ideas of nursing practices that may not be evidence-based. Any suggestions would help. Thanks!

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I would like to recommend a classic in this line of inquiry, a slim volume called "Nursing and ritualistic practice by Virginia H Walker (1967)." You can still get it for cheap on Amazon. There is also a follow-up volume. I came across it completely by accident one day wandering in the stacks (remember stacks? They are in libraries) and it ruined me for life, as the concept of evidence-based practice wasn't as firmly established then as it is now, and I always wanted to know WHY we did something. As an example...in some nursing units, everyone's respiratory rate is 18. In some units, it's 20. Or 16. Why is that?

If you google "ritualistic practices in nursing," you'll also find a number of interesting-looking articles and studies, any of which should give you some great, great ideas. This could be a lot of fun.

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I did mine on chlorhexidine impregnated patches at central line catheters.

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I thought there was a lot of evidence on that?

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I thought there was a lot of evidence on that?

We weren't expected to find something that hasn't already been proven, just use different articles/studies to back up the topic.

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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but this is asking for nursing practices taht are NOT backed with evidence based studies...right???

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Wouldn't you essentially need to use studies in an EBP paper if it's an EBP paper?! LOL

Otherwise your conducting a plenty lengthy study your self that will takes a while.

Just my thought! ;)

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The paper can be on any nursing practice. The goal of the paper though is to find whether or not that practice is evidence-based or not. I'd like to pick a topic that isn't necessarily evidence-based just to keep my life interesting. My initial thought was on the semi-fowlers position for labor and delivery. Thanks for the responses :)

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I saw a form a few days ago talking and infection control pertaining to stethoscopes and covers. Here's the link: https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-student/when-did-wearing-752873.html

It's not all about that, but if you read through it, many talk about how they use covers, but some say that is an infection risk. It would be a topic interesting to research, since there were a wide variety of answers in that forum, but I don't know if it's EBP.

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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I saw a form a few days ago talking and infection control pertaining to stethoscopes and covers. Here's the link: https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-student/when-did-wearing-752873.html

It's not all about that, but if you read through it, many talk about how they use covers, but some say that is an infection risk. It would be a topic interesting to research, since there were a wide variety of answers in that forum, but I don't know if it's EBP.

That's a good one....

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So CCwisconsin what did you finally do your paper on?? I have to do the same paper and I am totally stuck!! We are suppose to think about a patient we have had in our clinical practice. I had no interesting patients that this paper applied to!! So frustrating!!

Thanks for any help

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