1. Gralton, Karen S. MS, RN, CNS
  2. Sherburne, Eileen MSN, RN, FNP
  3. Soetenga, Deb MSN, RN, CNS

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To identify the hidden challenges of conducting an evidence-based practice (EBP) project within a hospital organization.



Unexpected system and practice barriers in an EBP project could ultimately impede a change in practice.



Unit-based CNSs designed and implemented an EBP project using the Iowa Model for Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Quality Care. During the process of implementing this model, the CNSs were faced with unexpected organizational challenges.



CNSs met to design and implement a project to verify NG tube placement, which included an extensive literature review, grading the evidence, and trialing a specific procedure on 2 separate units. Using pH measurement as a method of verification became an unexpected challenge in order to meet laboratory regulations, as well as the practice concerns of the nurses.



Networking with authors from the literature, developing a problem-solving approach to meet individual department regulations, and written and verbal communication with staff nurses were winning strategies.



CNS leadership was instrumental in the successful completion of this EBP project.