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    Acquisition of critical appraisal skills to interpret research and new knowledge for making clinical decisions in order to implement evidence-based nursing for populations and individuals.

    This paper explores how advanced nursing practitioners will utilise literature to provide optimal care. Students will identify clinical problems, formulate structured clinical questions, and search the best relevant evidence to address the issue of concern. Students will assess the results and applicability of the findings to patient care.

    About this paper

    Paper title Evidence Based Nursing Practice
    Subject Nursing
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,984.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    Nurse Practitioner preparation students intending to take NURS435 should contact the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies for advice on enrolling via Special Permission.

    This paper is designed for registered nurse students studying for the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice toward nurse practitioner registration in New Zealand.


    Teaching staff

    Co-Convenors: Dr Philippa Seaton

    Paddy Holbrook

    Paper Structure

    In this paper students will gain epidemiological and research principles and a working knowledge of the processes that lead the application of evidence-based practice in advanced nursing practice. Students will develop focused questions, literature search and critical appraisal skills, to evaluate evidence-based approaches and make decisions for clinical application.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

    Two 2-day and one 3-day teaching blocks. This paper is blended learning utilising the Moodle platform.

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    Straus, S. E., Glasziou, P., Richardson, W.S., & Haynes, R. B. (2019). Evidencebased Medicine. London: Elsevier Ltd

    Recommended :

    Webb P., Bain C., & A. Page (2017). Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals . Third edition. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

    Guyatt G., Rennie D., Meade M., and D. Cook (2015) Users' Guides to the Medical Literature. Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice. Third Edition. New York : McGraw-Hill Medical

    Polit, D.F., & Beck, C.T. (2017). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (10th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/ Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. Note: 9th or 10th edition is fine.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    1. Understand the fundamental principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) for implementing clinical decisions and change in practice.
    2. Apply the steps of EBP and develop appropriate questions in relation to clinical issues utilising a systematic approach.
    3. Identify and critically analyse research studies to determine application and efficacy of therapies for populations and individual patients.
    4. Utilise a variety of tools (eg. 5 As, GATE frame, PECOT, RAMBOMAN) to assist in judging the validity of evidence for optimal patient care decisions, and to evaluate the efficacy of identified therapeutic actions (pharmacological and non-pharmacological).
    5. Utilise observational skills and communication to elicit comprehensive appreciation and understanding of the patient history, values, preferences and their context for implementing best practice.
    6. Critically evaluate the clinical context in order to identify and facilitate suitable strategies for best practice within one’s own local practice environment.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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