Changing academic practice to prepare nursing undergraduates for an evidence-based approach

Cordiner, Moira & Davis, Leigh M. (2010) Changing academic practice to prepare nursing undergraduates for an evidence-based approach. In Devlin, M. , Nagy, J., & Lichtenberg, A. (Eds.) Research and Development in Higher Education : Reshaping Higher Education, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 179-190.

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Evidence based practice (EBP) has been accepted as a process to assist health professionals in clinical decision making to improve patient outcomes. It requires applying skills in a prescribed sequence to critique existing practices. Many countries, including Australia, require nurses to demonstrate competencies in EBP skills to be registered. In the last ten years, this has lead to universities incorporating EBP in undergraduate nursing degree courses. The literature reports many challenges including students’ difficulties in critically appraising research evidence, and their need for both simplification of the process and extensive support. The purpose of our study was to investigate the effectiveness of a standalone introductory EBP subject for a diverse group of third-year undergraduates, based on a novel but challenging approach to assessment. Despite many changes made in the second iteration of the subject, most students’ perceptions of the subject’s difficulty remained unchanged. This research aligns with the issues identified in the literature and has wider applicability to the teaching of rapidly changing disciplines, where evidence-driven consumers have easy access to information and expect up-to-date practices.

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ID Code: 40709
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Evidence-based Practice, Teaching Strategies, HERN, Undergraduate
ISBN: 0155-6223
ISSN: 0908557809
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
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Deposited On: 11 Mar 2011 01:19
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