Nursing Practice Guidelines
UW HEALTH GUIDELINES
All clinical practice guidelines are managed by one of three departments:
- The Center for Clinical Knowledge Management (CCKM) is responsible for interdisciplinary guidelines which include various types of interventions (e.g., pharmacological and non-pharmacological recommendations). These guidelines often describe care for an entire population and/or cross care settings and clinical disciplines.
- The Drug Policy Program, on behalf of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, coordinates the development and maintenance of medication-related guidelines and guideline content.
- The Nursing Practice Guideline Committee, a subcommittee of the Nursing Practice Council, aims to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes by clearly identifying and implementing evidence-based nursing interventions for defined patient problems or populations.
HOW TO REQUEST NEW WORK, CHANGES OR SUBMIT COMMENTS
Use the contact information above to request to join a workgroup or submit a request via Service Now. A list of pending guideline requests is outlined in the following report: Clinical Practice Guideline Requests.
PERIODIC REVIEW OR NEW DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
All clinical practice guidelines should be developed using the UW Health Guideline Template. Staff constructing interdisciplinary guidelines or medication-related guidelines should follow the detailed processes outlined within the UW Health Guideline Resource Guide. Nursing practice guidelines should be developed using the .
Interdisciplinary guidelines are typically approved by the Clinical Knowledge Management (CKM) Council, whereas medication-related guidelines are approved by the Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and/or related subcommittee(s). Final approval for nursing practice guidelines must be obtained by the Nursing Practice Guidelines Committee and Nursing Practice Council (see the Nursing Practice Guideline Webpage for more information).
What is the difference between a guideline and a policy?
Although clinical practice guidelines and clinical policies both guide patient care, one important distinction is disciplinary action. Clinical practice guidelines contain evidence-based practice recommendations that can guide a clinician’s decision making with patients; while also incorporating their professional judgement and patient preferences and values. A policy outlines actions and responsibilities for a given situation designed to describe expected clinician practice where noncompliance may lead to disciplinary action.
Why is approval necessary for UW Health to adopt/endorse a guideline, even if it’s based on documents created by an external professional society?
The approval process will help to ensure that the recommendations established by a guideline are consistent with UW Health’s practice environments. To facilitate the use and implementation of guidelines, with the support of senior clinical and administrative leadership, all clinical practice guidelines must be reviewed and endorsed by UW Health approving bodies (see more details about approving bodies outlined on the CPG homepage).
How do I know which evidence grade to choose?
Evidence grading may be a new skill for many workgroup members. Grades should be assigned based upon the quality of the evidence and strength of the recommendation. Contact CCKM for additional training or help. References and training resources are located on the Resources Tab.
Clinical Tools Definitions
Evidence Grading Resources
AGREE ( Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation) Training Manual
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and Clinical Practice Guidelines (NICE)
Registered Guideline Clearinghouse
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Nursing Practice Guidelines
Center for Clinical Knowledge Management (CCKM)
Clinical Knowledge Management Council
UW Health Intellectual Property
Other Content Trackers
Best Practice Alerts (BPA)
Preventive Health Care and Health Maintenance