Evidence-informed practice is an ongoing process that incorporates evidence from research, clinical expertise, client preferences, and other available resources to guide practice decisions. It is integral to quality nursing care.
LPNs can incorporate this type of practice into all steps of the nursing process, including assessments, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) Practice Guideline on Evidence-Informed Practice outlines a framework to help LPNs balance research evidence, patient considerations, the healthcare environment, and clinical judgement in the broader context to provide quality patient-centred care.
The Practice Guideline also supports critical thinking and strategy improvement.