Nurse Leader Resistance Poses Barrier to Quality Care

A survey of more than 1,000 registered nurses suggests that serious barriers — including resistance from nursing leaders — prevent nurses from implementing evidence-based practices that improve patient outcomes, according to an Ohio State University news release.


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In addition to resistance from nursing leaders, politics and organizational cultures that avoid change were cited as some of the most common barriers to evidence-based practices.

Results from the survey also showed that while a little more than half of respondents reported consistent use of evidence-based practices in their organization, only about one-third reported consistent use of evidence-based practices by their colleagues.

The study authors emphasized the need for widespread cultural change in healthcare settings and a new direction in nursing education.

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