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NURS6030: Evidence Based Practice

This unit of study builds on foundational research methods introduced within the pre-requisite units. It aims to prepare students to recognise the quality and appropriateness of research for translation into nursing knowledge and practice. The unit introduces students to the process of inquiry: to Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply and Evaluate. This involves the translation of uncertainty to an answerable question, systematic retrieval of the best available evidence, critically appraising studies for quality and appropriateness, summarising the evidence, and implementing findings where appropriate. The unit introduces students to the application of ethical principles to research. Students will apply frameworks that guide the implementation of findings into practice. They will learn to apply research evidence in the context of patient and family values and the organisational, ethical and policy environment.

Code NURS6030
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6
NURS5002 and NURS5006

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and value the role of research and evidence as a foundation for quality nursing practice, clinical governance and healthcare delivery
  • LO2. analyse the relationship between research question, study design, and method
  • LO3. conduct an appropriate search of the literature to acquire the highest quality evidence
  • LO4. critically appraise and synthesise research findings and integrate them with clinical practice and patient preferences and values
  • LO5. integrate the best evidence with clinical expertise, and patient preferences and values
  • LO6. apply ethical principles and standards for designing and conducting research in health
  • LO7. create an implementation plan for putting research evidence into practice
  • LO8. apply an appropriate framework for evaluating the implementation plan.