NS0616 - Evidence Based Practice Dissertation

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What will I learn on this module?

The purpose of this module is for you to consolidate and further develop your knowledge and skills from your BSc (Hons) Nursing studies to undertake and produce an evidenced based practice report specific to your field of nursing. The module will allow you to critically explore ways in which current research evidence and health care policy can be used to inform and develop patient care. Building upon the research and evidence based practice skills in previous modules you will be able to source, critically appraise and synthesise findings from current research to make informed recommendations to inform and develop clinical practice. On successful completion of your report, many of the skills developed will help facilitate your transition to masters studies.

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials will provide you with opportunities to develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating practice and formal theory. Lectures will provide you with the background theoretical knowledge, whilst seminars will focus on individual and group activities to help you facilitate reflection on previous experiences drawing on a broad ‘community of practice.’ You will be able to apply your learning and experiences on other modules within the BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies course to help you engage with this module and bring this together with the culmination of an evidence-based nursing practice report. You will be encouraged to make full use of established social and professional networking in addition to the online resources provided by the university to enhance your learning and support your academic and professional development, a central aspect of this will be the use of the Electronic Learning Portal (eLP).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Initially you will receive support from the module team as you begin to formulate your ideas, there will then ensue a transitional period whereby you formalise these concepts in to a viable topic for exploration with your named supervisor. Your supervisor will support you with individual tutorials up until submission of the report. Your peers are an important part of your support network and many of the activities within seminars are aimed at engaging fellow students to talk and learn with one another. A crucial feature of the academic support available to you is the service provided by the university library. Their 24/7 service caters for a diverse range of learning needs and they have extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at improving critical thinking and analytical writing. The student support and well-being facility at this university can offer additional help where required.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Be able to develop an answerable and searchable question based upon a problem from practice
2. Design and conduct an effective and detailed literature search strategy

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Critically appraise and evaluate evidence from a range of sources
4. Effectively synthesise evidence, develop critical discussion and debate and apply findings to clinical practice

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate the ability to plan, organise, execute and deliver an evidence based practice dissertation, presented in report format
6. Apply professionalism, curiosity and critical thinking to problems identified in clinical practice

How will I be assessed?

You will submit a 500-word proposal for your evidence based nursing practice report to your module tutor in seminar 3. This plan will be given to your academic supervisor for formative feedback and used as the basis to inform your first supervisory meeting.
The plan should include:
• The proposed question for your report
• Your rationale for your choice of topic and its relevance to your field of nursing
• A proposed timeline for managing the production of you report. (MLO 1, 2, 5 &6)

1 component – 100% weighting for a 6,000 word evidence based nursing practice dissertation presented in report format which will:
• Define an issue or problem in practice that they wish to explore
• Provide a background rationale
• Format a searchable evidence based practice question
• Show evidence of their structured search of literature
• Show judgement in the choice of literature to review using critical appraisal skills.
• Present evidence
• Highlight the findings
• Discuss future implications for evidence based nursing practice
(MLOs 1-6)


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Module abstract

This module is designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to contribute to evidence based nursing practice by planning a report around a nursing topic of your choice. It is expected that you will engage in discussion and critical analysis around your chosen topic area and to critically reflect the published research and related literature informing the advancement of practice. You will be expected to draw upon your learning from the children’s nursing programme, consolidating and synthesising your understanding of both practical and theoretical constructs in nursing care. You will demonstrate the acquisition of graduate skills, which may contribute to your future employability and career as a registered nurse.

Course info

UCAS Code B741

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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