A recent survey of over 1,000 RNs suggests that there are several barriers preventing implementation of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes. One of the primary barriers mentioned was resistance from nursing leadership. Also ranking high on the list were politics and organizational cultures. The cultures that avoid change are certainly damaging to implementation of these standards of care.
Social media enhances communication and provides additional resources for those who are looking for it. If we give our patients the tools, they will help us to build their bridges over the troubled water of healthcare.