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Factors Influencing Critical Care Nurses’ Adoption of the AACN Practice Alert on Verification of Feeding Tube Placement

Author(s): Annette Bourgault, RN, PhD, CNCC(C), CNL, Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, Vallire Hooper, RN, PhD, CPAN, Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCNS, Jennifer Waller, PhD, and Elizabeth NeSmith, RN, MSN, PhD

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2017

Topics: GastrointestinalEBP

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Clinical practice guidelines are intended to bridge the research-practice gap, yet little is known about how critical care nurses adopt guidelines. Feeding tube verification practices remain variable and have led to patient harm and death.


  • Identify key components that influence the adoption of clinical practice changes in the patient care setting.
  • Examine the factors that influenced critical care nurses’ adoption of the AACN practice alert and clinical practice recommendations on verification of feeding tube placement.
  • Analyze clinical practice guideline awareness and its impact on clinical practice change.

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