The clinical educator of a hospital medical unit has the mandate of establishing evidence-based practice guidelines for the nursing care on the unit. Which of the following statements most accurately captures a guiding principle of the nurse’s task?
A. Evidence-based practice guidelines will be rooted in research rather than nurses’ subjective practice preferences and experiences.
B. Guidelines are synonymous with systematic research reviews.
C. The need for continuity and standardization of guidelines will mean that they will be fixed rather than changeable.
D. The guidelines will combine individual expertise with external systematic evidence.