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NS3118 - Evidence-Based Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject focuses on evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice. The concept of evidence - in particular research evidence, is further explored, building on the content of NS1012. Students are taught how to determine the quality of evidence and the process of applying evidence at the point of care. The research process is explained in the context of major research traditions (qualitative and quantitative research). Mainstream research designs are discussed including methods of sampling, data collection and analysis. Ethical, legal and cultural issues related to research are outlined. Evidence summaries including systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines are explained. The importance of critically appraising research findings and their usefulness to practice are highlighted and related to the principles of effective change management.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between evidence-based practice and research;
  • outline the research process and explain the sequence of its components;
  • discuss different research designs and their suitability to nursing and midwifery research;
  • identify ethical and legal requirements for rigorous research;
  • demonstrate skills for evaluating published research and its applicability for practice;
  • discuss how research can be applied in nursing and midwifery practice to improve patient care.
Prerequisites: NS2022 AND (NS2112 OR NS2113) AND NS2015 AND PP2131 AND PP2231 AND (NS2214 OR NS2218)


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Maude Chapman
Lecturer: Dr Natalie Lloyd.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments (40%); written assignment (60%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.