Sustaining change can be difficult, as there are many variables that can affect implementation. One critical component of EBP is to ensure that practice change is part of an organization’s culture so it will continue to impact outcomes over time. Name two potential barriers that may prevent your EBP change proposal from continuing to obtain the same desired results 6 months to a year from now, and your strategies for overcoming these barriers.

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One of the barriers that may avert the EBP change proposal from attaining preferred results six months to a year from now is the quality of research. In any organization, research quality is a key determiner of the implementation of the EBP (Shifaza, Evans, & Bradley, 2014). The novice researcher may find it difficult to implement the change if there are inadequacies in methodology, poor justification, and conflicting research results. Another barrier that hinders EBP is a lack of communication. Here, implementation of EBP is limited to “physical accessibility of published research, literature not compiled in one location, lack of awareness of available research literature, and misunderstanding of statistical analyses” (Sadeghi‐Bazargani, Tabrizi & Azami‐Aghdash, 2014). Additionally, language barriers may hinder the nurse from clearly explaining the recommendations for change to the stakeholders in simple language devoid of technical and medical jargon. Even a poor explanation of the want for an evidence-based strategy is another communication barrier since the researcher may not be in a position to comprehend the concepts in the study.

One way to overcome these barriers is to enhance the communication between the stakeholders within the organization and this will enable them to input the necessary resources needed for quality research. The researcher should also use the accepted standard of study which will involve the collection of data from the desired site while involving proper explanation in all parameters (Vanhook, 2009). Another strategy to overcome those barriers will involve allowing nurses time and resources that will improve their skills towards EBP. Here, nursing administrators can play a big role by ensuring that nurses have enough time for activities that lead to the development of EBP. Language barriers can be overcome by involving a translator in the practice who will translate the information given by the nurse to the patient. Additionally, national policies that have specific implications for EBP are required to ensure there is sustained change and as a result, it will lead to the successful implementation of EBP change in an organization within the desired time.



Shifa, F., Evans, D., & Bradley, H. (2014, November 9). Nurses’ perceptions of barriers and facilitators to implementing EBP in the Maldives. Advances in Nursing, 2014.


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