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Cardiac care, Evidence-based practice, Level of evidence, Standardized nursing language



  1. Van Horn, Elizabeth R. PhD, RN
  2. Kautz, Donald D. PhD, RN, CNRN, CRRN


Multidisciplinary management of the acute cardiac patient, for decades, has been driven by best practices, treatment algorithms, and research-based protocols. As nurses continue to develop and implement evidence-based care, they must ensure that the essence of nursing is not lost in the process. In this article, strategies for the development of evidence-based practice guidelines for acute cardiac patients using standardized nursing language are provided.