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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Advancing Evidence-Based Practice
Module Code NS558
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Therese Leufer
Semester 2: Therese Leufer
Autumn: Therese Leufer
Module TeachersTherese Leufer
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module will provide participants with core competencies needed to utilise evidence-based practice (EBP). It will equip them with a framework and key skills set to apply evidence to practice. Implementation strategies needed to support sustained engagement with evidence in practice will be introduced including key mechanisms to evaluate EBP outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the evolution, rationale for, and importance of Evidence-based Practice in health care.
2. Develop searchable, answerable practice related questions using an Evidence-based Practice approach.
3. Demonstrate competency to acquire and discern the best available evidence.
4. Critically appraise and interpret the best available evidence using agreed frameworks incorporating patient preferences (where applicable) and clinical expertise.
5. Integrate evidence into decision-making incorporating clinical expertise, client preferences and values.
6. Critically evaluate implementation strategies available to introduce, measure, promote and sustain active engagement with Evidence-based Practice in workplace settings.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture16Face to face interaction with students facilitating immediate explanation and reiteration of key learning objectives.
Online activity8Directed self-learning (including online engagement with module tasks).
Independent Study226Self-directed incorporating assessment preparation
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
Evolution of and rationale for Evidence-based Practice (EBP). Key competencies and strategies to develop searchable, answerable healthcare related questions. Key competencies and tools to acquire and discern best evidence. Recognised frameworks to appraise and interpret. Implementation science: theories and frameworks to measure, promote and sustain active EBP engagement including recognition of enabling & inhibiting factors.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Melnyk B and Fineout–Overholt E: 2019, Evidenced Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: Guide to best practice., 4th Editon, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia,
  • Linsley P, Kane R, Barker J: 2019, Evidence-based Practice for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals, 4th Edition, Sage, London.,
  • Houser J: 2018, Nursing Research - Reading,using and creating evidence, 4, Jones and Bartlett, MA USA,
  • Taber K: 2019, Classroom- based research and evidence-based practice, 2nd, Sage, London,
  • Rycroft-Malone, J and Bucknall. T: 2010, Models and Frameworks for Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Linking Evidence to Action, Wiley Blackwell, W Sussex,
  • Aveyard H and Sharp P: 2017, A beginners guide to evidence-based practice, 3rd, McGrawHill OU Press, Berkshire,
  • Kent B and McCormack B: 2010, Clinical Context for Evidence-based Nursing Practice, Wiley Blackwell, W Sussex,
  • Larabee, J.H: 2009, Nurse to Nurse Evidence-Based Practice: Expert Interventions, McGrawHill Medical., London,
Other Resources

61883, Website, Department of Health (Eire), 0, Clinical Effectiveness, health.gov.ie/national-patient-safety-office/ncec/, 61884, Website, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (UK)., 0, NICE, http://www.nice.org.uk/, 61885, Website, Royal College of Nursing (UK), 0, RCN, http://www.rcn.org.uk, 61886, Website, The Joanna Briggs Institute, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia., 0, JBI, http://www.joannabriggs.org, 61887, Website, Health & Services Executive, 0, HSE, http://hseland.ie, 61888, Website, National Guideline Clearninghouse (US), 0, NCC, http://www.guideline.gov/, 61889, Website, Ireland Cochrane, 0, Cochrane, http://ireland.cochrane.org, 61890, Website, 0, Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing (Journal), Blackwell publishing, http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal,
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Date of Last Revision11-OCT-10

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