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Evidence for Practice (NURS90009)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90009
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This subject focuses on the appraisal and use of research in clinical practice. Its purpose is to develop practitioners' confidence and skills in critical consumption of research and evaluation for use in the workplace. Topics covered include: overview of common research and evaluation methods and issues; Internet and library search skills to assist in preparing a literature review; the process of change and strategies for implementing change in a clinical environment. Students will examine research and evaluate findings on an issue identified from their own practice. They will conduct a comprehensive literature review on a clinical intervention in their own practice, evaluate the evidence on which the clinical intervention was based and then apply the findings to their own practice setting.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be expected to be able to:

  • identify common research and evaluation methods and practices;
  • develop literature search skills;
  • critically review research reports;
  • appraise research in relation to its value to clinical practice;
  • apply research findings to clinical practice;
  • develop research and evaluation skills;
  • an understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area;

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and postgraduate coursework student:

  • an appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research
  • a capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written modes of communication;
  • a capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
  • a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship.

Last updated: 3 April 2019